What a difference 14 years makes.
For those who lived on Longboat Key in 1995, the last time Gulf of Mexico Drive was repaved, you probably remember how long and excruciating that process was. It was so slow that our Cops Corner report frequently reported Longboaters falling asleep and snoring at the steering wheel while waiting for their lane to re-open.
This year, AJAX pavers completed the job on Gulf of Mexico Drive and John Ringling Boulevard heading into St. Armands Circle in extraordinary time — and as far as we know, with no one falling asleep.
Asphalt technology obviously has changed. You probably noticed as you passed the machinery doing the repaving, the removal of the old asphalt was like scooping snow off a driveway.
Great job, AJAX. Now that’s the power of private-sector innovation.
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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.