+ Fire Department receives top marks
The Longboat Key Fire Rescue Department underwent a review by the Insurance Services Organization (ISO). The review has allowed the town to maintain a high insurance rating that gives credits to homeowners for their insurance policies.
ISO measured the fire suppression capabilities of the town’s community, giving the town top marks and allowing it to maintain an insurance ranking for town residents that gives them insurance credits.
Longboat Key Fire Rescue Chief Paul Dezzi said the major elements reviewed by ISO include fire-alarm notification and dispatch services, number of engine units, maintenance and testing of department equipment and water supply and personal training.
The data reviewed is analyzed by ISO and gives the town a fire suppression-rating grade used by the property/casualty insurance industry in their risk assessment for a particular community.
+ Rats discovered at Town Hall
Four rats were discovered in Town Hall last week, leaving Public Works Department staff scrambling to put down traps to catch the unwelcome guests.
Town Clerk Trish Granger said staff is unsure how the rats got into the building. The rats could have sneaked in when the cleaning staff cleans the building at night and takes out the trash, Granger said. Public Works Director Juan Florensa said his staff has also sealed some air conditioning ducts where the sealing foam had deteriorated, in case the rats entered through the ducts.
The rats left behind a mess of oatmeal packets that they grabbed from a desk and also made a mess in the kitchen and in Finance Director Tom Kelley’s office.
The rats were trapped and removed from Town Hall. Staff has not reported any other intruders.
+ Holiday schedule
There will be no changes in the solid waste, recycling or yard-waste collection schedules for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
Town Hall and its various departments will be closed Monday, Dec. 24, Tuesday, Dec. 25, Monday, Dec. 31 and Tuesday, Jan. 1.
Meetings & Agendas
• Town Commission Regular Meeting — 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7.
• Zoning Board of Adjustment Regular Meeting — 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10.
• Code Enforcement Board Regular Meeting — 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14.
• Planning and Zoning Board Regular Meeting — 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15.
All meetings take place at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road, unless otherwise noted.
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2 Power Networking Seminar
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
2 Florida's Children First 2014 Sarasota Reception
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
16 Pillar of Hope Open House
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
16 Business After Hours Networking Event
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Golfer sees swinging success
Longboat Key resident Arlene McKitrick celebrated her 200th golf championship win this week at Sara Bay Country Club in an FSGA event.
Mote receives NOAA grant
Mote Marine Laboratory recently received a $99,615 grand for its dolphin and whale rehabilitation efforts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Correction: Heitlers to net 75 years in April
In its Sept. 18 issue, the Longboat Observer featured Plymouth Harbor resident George Heitler, a lifelong tennis player who has played tennis for most of his 99 years and is a regular at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center.