+ 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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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.