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  • 1.
  • I live behind the gates, I strongly oppose the the Key Club's proposed expansion for many reasons; traffic, congestion, density ,infra structure overload, changing the beauty and ambiance of the Island.
    Martin Rich
  • Martin Rich
    Tue 25th Aug 2009
    at 1:25pm
  • 2.
  • The survey is not biased and I am an owner of a condo behind the gates and next door to LBK Club. Our family believes it is good for all of LBK: increased tax revenues, more people spending money on the island at St Armands and in Sarasota, more cars rented, more use of SRQ. It will increase property values all over the island. We should help shovel dirt not stand in the way. Yes, there will be more traffic sometimes but a lot of that will be off season for meetings and conferences. But even if we are inconvienced a little and it takes a little longer to get around, just think of all the new friends we can make, if we welcome them to beautiful LBK. Moreover, maybe we'll become more green by riding the trolley rather than taking a car. Maybe we'll be a little healthier by walking or riding a bike to the store.

    We believe this is good thing, no a great thing for every property owner and business on LBK.
  • jack brown
    Thu 20th Aug 2009
    at 8:40pm
  • 3.
  • The Islandside improvements planned by the Longboat Key Club would be a huge injection of financial stimulus to an Island (Longboat Key) sorely in need of it. The myopia of the residents behind the Islandside gates is stupefying. Here's a resort wishing to inject up to $400 million into a rather small economy that is in desperate need of new life and the fools say "not in my back yard." Amazing. So too for the roadblocks put up by the Town.
  • Milan Adrian
    Thu 20th Aug 2009
    at 6:22pm
  • 4.
  • I have to give the Club credit for releasing the results of this highly biased survey which nonetheless confirms what we have said all along, that despite the Club's contention that only a few of the Islandside residents opposed their plan and that the Islandside Coalition was like "the man behind the curtain in the Wizard of OZ", the overwhelming majority of Islandside residents oppose the plan that they insist on pressing forward. The answer to their survey question below says it all. (Note that the question characterizes the massive expansion as a 'renovation".)

    • Do you support or oppose planned renovations of The Longboat Key Club and Resort or does it matter to you?
    Support — 41% rest of voters, 21% behind the gates
    Oppose — 25% rest of voters, 74% behind the gates

    It is interesting to note that despite the slanted questions, less than half of Longboat residents outside of Islandside said they support the project.

    NIMBY? No, it's reality! Time for rethinking.

    Bob White, Chairman
    Islandside Property Owners Coalition
  • Bob White
    Wed 19th Aug 2009
    at 11:31pm
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