+ It’s just a sign!
So, the Zoning Board denied a request by CVS for a second sign on its new store. C’mon, get real! Why the denial? Because a second sign is going to create a bad precedent or be too business-like? Hey, we’re not talking about a strip mall with neon signs; this is a sign, which would help people to locate the store. I have to wonder if there is anyone on the board who has any knowledge of business or any interest at all in preserving the few critical businesses that still struggle to exist on Longboat? It doesn’t seem so.
Unfortunately, this is not an isolated example of Zoning Board activity — its heavy footprint has stomped all over proposed changes to the north end and Whitney Beach, to Harry’s parking lot, to expansion of the Longboat Key Club, to ... and do you remember the ridiculous issue about the “too large” sign at Lynches Pub (which led them to move away from Longboat)?
Suggestion to the Zoning Board: Take a look at social media websites and what they are now saying about the Key. Comments such as “snobby,” “unwelcoming to tourists” and “anti-business” are increasingly common. I love Longboat and defend it as best I can, but I am embarrassed by some of the decisions of so-called town leaders. Not only are your present policies destroying businesses, but you are also destroying the reputation of Longboat Key as a great place to live or visit. Please, folks, maybe you could be a little more welcoming and make it easier for a tourist to know how to find the local grocery store and the local drug store. If you want to promote Longboat Key, that’s a no-brainer.
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1 Floridafitfest and 5K Treasure Run
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
8 World Oceans Day Family Festival
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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.