+ Outdoor seating
The Town Commission approved two requests by The Dry Dock Waterfront Grill and The Longboat Key Club and Resort’s Harbourside Tennis Gardens at its Monday, Dec. 7 regular meeting. The Dry Dock requested a site-plan amendment for additional outdoor seating, and The Tennis Gardens asked for a site-plan amendment to allow for outdoor dining at the facility’s snack bar/café during operating hours of the indoor dining facility.
+ Town election dates confirmed
At its Monday, Dec. 7 regular meeting, the Longboat Key Town Commission confirmed Jan. 26 as the town’s preliminary election date (if a runoff election is required) and March 16 as the general municipal election date.
+ Commission makes business-tax revision
The Town Commission adopted an ordinance that revises a category of the town’s business-tax-receipt program to reduce the cost paid by individuals renting their boat slips.
Town Manager Bruce St. Denis recommended that the business tax be reduced from $103.95 to $33.60 per year after slip owners complained about the high cost of the tax.
+ Beach money
The Town Commission passed a resolution that will transfer $30,000 from the north-end, erosion-control structure account to the North Shore Road sand- fill project account. This resolution will allow the town to place 600 cubic yards of sand near the eroded North Shore Road public beach access point.
• Planning and Zoning Board Islandside Hearing — 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 at Temple Beth Israel..
• Code Enforcement Board Meeting — 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 14.
All meetings take place at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.
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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.