+ Witnesses to take the stand this week
The Longboat Key Club and Resort will call at least 13 witnesses to the stand when the town’s Planning and Zoning Board considers The Longboat Key Club and Resort’s Islandside Outline Development Plan request at public hearings at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, and Thursday, Oct. 22, at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road.
Those scheduled to be heard at the meetings include Michael Brody, president and CEO of Loeb Partners Realty; Key Club General Manager Michael Welly; Richard Stiles and Joe Grimail, from the transportation-engineering firm Grimail Crawford Inc.; and economist Dr. Henry Fishkind, of Fishkind & Associates Inc.
Visit www.YourObserver.com for Web updates about the hearings.
+ Police office fired after internal review
Longboat Key Police Officer Pati Beardsley was terminated Thursday, Oct. 15 by Police Chief Al Hogle after his department completed an internal investigation of her Sept. 16 arrest, in which she waved her department-issued handgun at a motorist who pulled into the driveway of her Sarasota home.
Beardsley’s termination was expedited after she refused to be interrogated by Hogle regarding the charges or be interrogated at a planned pre-disciplinary hearing.
Hogle’s decision comes eight days after Beardsley was charged by the State Attorney’s Office of the 12th Judicial Circuit for aggravated assault with a firearm.
After a 10-day appeal process, Hogle said the vacant police-officer position will be filled as soon as possible.
+ Meetings & Agendas
• Town Commission Regular Meeting — 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2.
All meetings take place at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.
Numbers in the News
112,015 — The amount of money the town’s business-tax-receipt program collected in 2007.
175,361 — The amount of money the town’s business-tax-receipt program collected in 2008, after slip owners and resort unit owners were added to the program.
10,000 — The amount of money the Longboat Key Garden Club awarded in scholarships in 2009.
1 — The number of code-enforcement employees the town’s code-enforcement department currently has on staff.
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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.