+ Commission gives support for park
The Town Commission gave support for the new concept plan at Bayfront Park Recreation Center, which includes a new community center on the park’s most northern parcel. Town staff will create a set of steps that need to be taken to deal with zoning, Comprehensive Plan changes and funding, so the commission can continue to make decisions regarding the project.
The town’s Comprehensive Plan requires a baseball field to be a part of the plan, which had previously been removed from the concept plan.
+ Town Commission changes its mind
It took two meetings and more than two hours of combined discussion, but the Town Commission finally decided to allow the Planning and Zoning Board to review the controversial sign code in its entirety at its Thursday, April 16 regular workshop.
Five of the seven commissioners previously took issue with the fact that the planning board wanted to review the sign code and had planned to review it at the workshop.
But, instead, the commission considered Commissioner Gene Jaleski’s idea to form an ad hoc citizens committee to review the code, before deciding to just let its planning board review the sign code.
Commissioners Jim Brown, Peter O’Connor and George Spoll and Mayor Lee Rothenberg reached a consensus to let the board review it at public hearings.
At the end of the discussion, O’Connor made his fellow commissioners laugh when he reminded them that the entire discussion could have been avoided if the item had not been removed from the consent agenda just 10 days earlier at their regular meeting.
+ Town accepts stimulus money
The Longboat Key Town Commission agreed to accept the $500,000 in economic-stimulus-package monies for the beautification of Gulf of Mexico Drive.
Trees, shrubbery, trash receptacles, benches and welcome signs are some of the items that the town can use what’s left of the federal funds after design, which is expected to be approximately $350,000, said Public Works Director Juan Florensa.
Bidding for the project will begin soon, once town staff gives dimensions for new welcome signs on either end of the Key.
• Town Commission Regular Meeting — 7 p.m. Monday, May 4.
All meetings take place at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.
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19 Mote's Party on the Pass
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
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.