+ Town agendas can be viewed online
The town’s Management Information Systems department has created a new system that links all supporting material for Town Commission meeting agendas. Previously, all that was posted to the town’s Web site was the agenda document itself. Now, everything that the Town Commission receives is available to anyone who has access to the Internet.
Agendas can be found by accessing www.longboatkey.org, clicking on the Meetings and Minutes link and clicking on the Agenda tab.
+ Longboat adds new firefighters
Fire-Rescue Chief Rich Dickerson announced the addition of two new firefighter/paramedics last week.
Jason Coates, 30, of St. Petersburg, started his career with South Pasadena Fire Department in Pinellas County. Coates served four years with South Pasadena before taking a job offer with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. Coates has been married for more than nine years and has two daughters, ages 4 and 7.
Curtis Griffin, 46, comes from South Florida and served in the United States Army in the parachute infantry before leaving to attend the fire academy in Broward County and EMT training at Miami Dade Community College. Griffin was employed at Broward County Fire EMS as a firefighter/EMT until he attended the paramedic program at Broward Community College in 1993. Griffin was with Broward County Fire for more than 20 years before moving to North Carolina. Griffin returned to Florida to be closer to his family in the Pinellas County area.
+ Meetings & Agendas
• Town Commission Regular Workshop — 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24.
• Town Commission Budget Adoption Meeting — 5:01 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29.
All meetings take place at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.
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1 Floridafitfest and 5K Treasure Run
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
8 World Oceans Day Family Festival
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hat's off to Dee Pelton, volunteers
Dee Pelton held a luncheon that will be tough to top.
Youth sailors descend on City Island
Approximately 250 people hit the water Saturday, April 20 through Sunday, April 21, for Sailfest. The regatta, Sarasota Youth Sailing's biggest fundraiser of the year, included four classes of competition — Optimus, 420, Laser and Multi-hull — and a barbecue feast.
Book club sunsets for the season
The Sunset Beach Book Club, in its 10th year, ended this season with a luncheon and discussion of the book “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn, April 18, at Lazy Lobster. Discussion moderator was Ricki Carroll. Together, the group read five books this season.