The following is a breakdown of how Longboaters voted in the Nov. 6 general election, complete with absentee and early voting numbers. Longboat Key voters cast 2,069 votes total on Election Day. In the Manatee County portion of the island, there are 2,102 registered voters, and on the Sarasota County portion of the island, there are 4,250 registered voters. When all the votes are counted, Longboaters voted in force for an 83.6% voter turnout.
LONGBOAT KEY VOTER TURNOUT:
Registered Voters: 4,250
Ballots cast: 3,568
Turnout %: 84.0%
Registered Voters: 2,102
Ballots cast: 1,748
Turnout %: 83.2%
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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.