+ Board members vie for P&Z vice chair seat
Planning and Zoning Board member Leonard Garner will be faced with a vice-chair tiebreaker at the planning board’s Oct. 18 regular meeting.
During the Tuesday regular meeting, board members Jack Daly, Walter Hackett, Allen Hixon and George Symanski Jr. voted for Hixon to continue his role as vice chair.
When no other nominations were made, board member John Wild nominated himself, receiving the votes of B.J. Webb, Jack Daly and Laurin Goldner.
When Chairwoman B.J. Webb called for the vote again, the vote was still split and the board agreed to wait until the October meeting to settle the tiebreaker.
Webb received unanimous support to continue on as chair of the planning board.
+ Progress report
This week’s Publix photo shows the view of the soon-to-be supermarket from the area to the north of Bank of America. The building area at the far right is the future Shoppes of Bay Isles.
+ IPOC declaratory relief action postponed
Town attorney David Persson informed the Longboat Key Town Commission last week in an email that a hearing scheduled for this week in Sarasota County Clerk of the 12th Circuit Court, in which the Islandside Property Owners Coalition challenges the town’s recent code changes, has been postponed.
The hearing has been postponed because of a trial docket and now may be heard in October or January.
+ LBK Cabinetry opens in the Centre Shops
LBK Cabinetry is the island’s newest business.
According to owner Eric Crockett, the cabinet solutions company is open for business at the Centre Shops, 5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
The business will be focused on residential cabinetry on Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island, Lido Key and Bird Key.
Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment.
The Longboat Key Club and Resort can accommodate receptions for 20 to 250 people. The Sept. 13 issue reported an incorrect figure.
Meetings & Agendas
• Town Commission Special Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Extension Meeting — 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24.
• Town Commission Regular Workshop — 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24.
• Town Commission Special Budget Adoption Workshop — 5:01 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24.
All meetings take place at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road, unless otherwise noted.
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Commission savors the sunshine
The weather on Longboat Key was cloudy on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 11, but the Longboat Key Town Commission stayed in the sunshine, as far as the Longboat Observer could tell.
Resident keeps eye on the pie
Inspired by her mother’s homemade banana cream pie, Bird Key resident Kim Manning had a sweet idea: key lime with a twist.
Show us your spirit this season
This week, our reporters will make our final decisions on our favorite displays of holiday cheer for our “Spirit of the Season” contest. This year’s competition isn’t limited to lights.