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Longboat: top issues to watch in 2014

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  • | 5:00 a.m. January 8, 2014
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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 HiltonThe Hilton project is the first to ask for additional tourism units.

Beach projectTimes, 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 CircleFor 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.


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