+ Attorney selection time approaches
A new town attorney will be plucked soon from a list of five.
The Longboat Key Town Commission will review informally five candidates at its Monday, April 1 regular commission meeting. Town Manager Dave Bullock is seeking guidance from commissioners on how they would like to review the candidates before making a final decision.
Candidates include Maggie D. Mooney-Portale of Sarasota-based Hankin, Persson, McClenathen, Cohen & Darnell; Charles H. Webb of Holmes Beach-based Webb, Wells & Williams; Robert K. Robinson of Sarasota-based Nelson Hesse; and Susan Churuti of Tampa-based Bryant Miller Olive.
+ Town officials: Colony needs more cleanup
Assistant Town Manager Anne Ross sent a letter to affected Colony Beach & Tennis Resort parties Wednesday, March 20, informing them the site needs more cleanup before hurricane season starts in June.
The letter, which Town Manager Dave Bullock signed, instructs the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association to clean up certain parts of the property no later than April 12, or the town will begin using the Association’s $50,000 cash bond to pay to clean it up.
Building Official Wayne Thorne submitted a two-page list of resort deficiencies and a series of photographs. Problems include loose gutters, broken fences, exposed wires and loose doors.
+ Linley Street dock replacement to begin
Replacement of the Linley Street dock in the Longbeach Village will begin around May 15, according to Michael Drake, president of the Longbeach Village Association.
Construction will last approximately 60 days. The pier will not be usable during that time.
+ Town hires new senior planner
The Planning, Zoning and Building Department has hired Alaina Ray to fill the vacant senior planner position which Ric Hartman, who was working as an hourly employee without benefits, vacated.
Ray started Monday and has formerly worked with the city of Orange Park; Lee County; Rowlett, Texas, and a private consulting firm.
Meetings & Agendas
• Town Commission Regular Meeting — 7 p.m. Monday, April 1.
• Code Enforcement Board Regular Meeting — 10 a.m. Monday, April 8.
• Zoning Board of Adjustment Regular Meeting — 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 11.
• Town Commission Goals & Objectives Workshop — 10 a.m. Monday, April 15.
• Town Commission Regular Workshop — 1 p.m. Monday, April 15.
All meetings take place at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road, unless otherwise noted.
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18 Jewels on the Bay Showhouse
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Mote-tagged shark swims toward Sarasota
A 14-foot, 2,300-pound great white shark is currently heading eastbound toward Sarasota.
Police get a wheel deal from anonymous citizen
An anonymous citizen recently contacted the town with an offer to buy the Longboat Key Police Department a new bicycle.
Surprise daytime turtle encounter
On his evening beach walk, Longboat Key resident Mike Haycock was in for a big surprise when he spotted a sea turtle coming out of the water Sunday.