Read more on each of the top 10 issues to watch in 2014 for Longboat Key by clicking the links below:
Insurance costs — Key residents such as Mayor Jim Brown worry that rising insurance costs will force residents seeking affordable insurance to leave the island.
Colony conundrum — A bankruptcy judge is expected to rule on a Colony Beach & Tennis Resort settlement Jan. 27.
Cortez Bridge — The new year won’t bring a new Cortez Bridge, but it will bring traffic delays that come with a $4 million repair project that’s scheduled to begin April 28 and be completed in early 2015.
ULI: time for change — An Urban Land Institute panel urged residents to work together to plan for the future.
Pension plans — This month, the last of the town’s three pension plans will freeze.
Election watch — The Longboat Key Town Commission will have at least one new face following the town’s March 25 general municipal election.
Longboat Key Hilton — The Hilton project is the first to ask for additional tourism units.
Beach project — Times, they are a changing. And that goes for the town’s beach-management plan and how Longboat Key’s coastline will be maintained moving forward.
St. Armands Circle — For Marty Rappaport and the St. Armands Business Improvement District, 2014 could be the year a growing problem is finally addressed: restaurants.
Reception — The Town Commission will review ordinance language this year that states the town is not interested in cellular towers as a reception fix.