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Jan. 2: Dan Conway was among the pickleball enthusiasts eager to play on the town's new courts in January.

2020 through the lens on Longboat Key

Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 |

Jan. 2: Dan Conway was among the pickleball enthusiasts eager to play on the town's new courts in January.

Jan. 9: Larissa the loggerhead was helped back to the deep by Mote Marine volunteers in January.

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Jan. 9: Larissa the loggerhead was helped back to the deep by Mote Marine volunteers in January.

Jan. 23: Jose Chinchande, James Brearley and David Benstock opened Whitney's in January.

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Jan. 23: Jose Chinchande, James Brearley and David Benstock opened Whitney's in January.

Jan. 23: Speaks Clam Bar offered a way to win a different treat.

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Jan. 23: Speaks Clam Bar offered a way to win a different treat.

Jan. 30: John and Mary Bock enjoyed a trip back to the 1920s at Longboat Harbor in January.

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Jan. 30: John and Mary Bock enjoyed a trip back to the 1920s at Longboat Harbor in January.

Feb. 6: A closed turn lane from Ringling Causeway had the effect of backing up traffic, often over the bridge all the way to St. Armands Circle.

Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 |

Feb. 6: A closed turn lane from Ringling Causeway had the effect of backing up traffic, often over the bridge all the way to St. Armands Circle.

Feb. 6: Cyndi Seamon takes her turn on the fashion runway at Taste of the Keys.

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Feb. 6: Cyndi Seamon takes her turn on the fashion runway at Taste of the Keys.

Feb. 20: Investigators found construction equipment to the north of the En Provence driveway likely blocked the view of Charles Barancik of an oncoming police vehicle, which collided with the Baranciks' car.

Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 |

Feb. 20: Investigators found construction equipment to the north of the En Provence driveway likely blocked the view of Charles Barancik of an oncoming police vehicle, which collided with the Baranciks' car.

Feb. 20: Firefighters and yoga instructor Debby McClung work their way through some stretches.

Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 |

Feb. 20: Firefighters and yoga instructor Debby McClung work their way through some stretches.

Feb. 20: The folks at Club Longboat enjoy all things tennis and, at least once a year, all things French.

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Feb. 20: The folks at Club Longboat enjoy all things tennis and, at least once a year, all things French.

Feb. 27: If it's not one thing it's another in Manatee County.

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Feb. 27: If it's not one thing it's another in Manatee County.

Feb. 27: Dead stop in Sarasota.

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Feb. 27: Dead stop in Sarasota.

March 5: Gail Loefgren introduces The Billy Rice Band.

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March 5: Gail Loefgren introduces The Billy Rice Band.

March 5: A team of Longboat Key Town Hall employees defeated other municipal crews in a dragon boat race.

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March 5: A team of Longboat Key Town Hall employees defeated other municipal crews in a dragon boat race.

March 12: Tim Thurman and Joe McClash work on the Sister Keys.

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March 12: Tim Thurman and Joe McClash work on the Sister Keys.

March 19: The Rev. Norman Prichard preaches to the camera and a few churchgoers at Christ Church of Longboat Key.

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March 19: The Rev. Norman Prichard preaches to the camera and a few churchgoers at Christ Church of Longboat Key.

March 26: Beach parking areas were closed in March, though the actual shore line remained open to those who could access it.

Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 |

March 26: Beach parking areas were closed in March, though the actual shore line remained open to those who could access it.

March 26: Beach parking areas were closed in March, though the actual shore line remained open to those who could access it.

Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 |

March 26: Beach parking areas were closed in March, though the actual shore line remained open to those who could access it.

March 26: BJ Bishop and Sherry Dominick were sworn in at Town Hall before a socially distanced group of well wishers.

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March 26: BJ Bishop and Sherry Dominick were sworn in at Town Hall before a socially distanced group of well wishers.

March 26: BJ Bishop and Sherry Dominick were sworn in at Town Hall before a socially distanced group of well wishers.

Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 |

March 26: BJ Bishop and Sherry Dominick were sworn in at Town Hall before a socially distanced group of well wishers.

April 2: Porch parties featured residents chatting with each other up, down and side to side.

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April 2: Porch parties featured residents chatting with each other up, down and side to side.

April 2: Porch parties featured residents chatting with each other up, down and side to side.

Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 |

April 2: Porch parties featured residents chatting with each other up, down and side to side.

April 16: Work crews in early April began clearing land for the Town Center project.

Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 |

April 16: Work crews in early April began clearing land for the Town Center project.

April 16: Charlie and Lois Shook add their contribution to a cross at Longboat Island chapel.

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April 16: Charlie and Lois Shook add their contribution to a cross at Longboat Island chapel.

May 5: Greta and her cygnet. (Lou Newman)

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May 5: Greta and her cygnet. (Lou Newman)

June 11: A small band of protesters made their voices heard along Gulf of Mexico Drive.

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June 11: A small band of protesters made their voices heard along Gulf of Mexico Drive.

June 25: Susan Phillips (red), Nancy Rozance (white) and Lynn Larson (blue) said they enjoyed the process but hoped it wouldn't be necessary in 2021.

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June 25: Susan Phillips (red), Nancy Rozance (white) and Lynn Larson (blue) said they enjoyed the process but hoped it wouldn't be necessary in 2021.

July 9: Michelle Giannico (left) wore her mask as she paid for her clothing at Longboat Resort Wear. Store owner Harvinder Mahesh Mirchandani (right) also wore a mask.

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July 9: Michelle Giannico (left) wore her mask as she paid for her clothing at Longboat Resort Wear. Store owner Harvinder Mahesh Mirchandani (right) also wore a mask.

Aug. 6: Town leaders gathered in person for the first time in the pandemic to break ground on a new fire station.

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Aug. 6: Town leaders gathered in person for the first time in the pandemic to break ground on a new fire station.

Aug. 13: Jimmy Loftis' 95th birthday party was a surprise. More than 40 cars (and a fire truck) drove past and he received one birthday card for each of his 95 years.

Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 |

Aug. 13: Jimmy Loftis' 95th birthday party was a surprise. More than 40 cars (and a fire truck) drove past and he received one birthday card for each of his 95 years.

Aug. 27: Easton Nock was ready for school to start.

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Aug. 27: Easton Nock was ready for school to start.

Sept. 3: Before it was properly disposed of, Bridgette Clark and her helpers, Lisle Christensen, Giana Clark and Hartley Livesey logged all of it an an app.

Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 |

Sept. 3: Before it was properly disposed of, Bridgette Clark and her helpers, Lisle Christensen, Giana Clark and Hartley Livesey logged all of it an an app.

Sept. 17: Town staffers annually line Gulf of Mexico Drive with American flags to honor those killed in Sept. 11, 2001.

Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 |

Sept. 17: Town staffers annually line Gulf of Mexico Drive with American flags to honor those killed in Sept. 11, 2001.

Sept. 24: Mark Sternal and his washed-ashore sailboat.

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Sept. 24: Mark Sternal and his washed-ashore sailboat.

Sept. 24: The sailboat was washed ashore in mid-September.

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Sept. 24: The sailboat was washed ashore in mid-September.

Nov. 26: Remnants of the sailboat were collected and hauled away in November.

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Nov. 26: Remnants of the sailboat were collected and hauled away in November.

Father Dave Marshall blesses Oct. 8: Buddy Ortiz, as his humans, Ed and Mary, watch.

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Father Dave Marshall blesses Oct. 8: Buddy Ortiz, as his humans, Ed and Mary, watch.

Oct. 22: Lynn Armstrong-Coffin found a little levity in 2020's acrimonious political climate.

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Oct. 22: Lynn Armstrong-Coffin found a little levity in 2020's acrimonious political climate.

Oct. 29: Chief Kelli Smith took over as chief of police.

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Oct. 29: Chief Kelli Smith took over as chief of police.

Nov. 12: Chuck and Margie look over their new home in Longboat Key.

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Nov. 12: Chuck and Margie look over their new home in Longboat Key.

Nov. 12: Chuck and Margie take a swim around their new home in Longboat Key.

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Nov. 12: Chuck and Margie take a swim around their new home in Longboat Key.

Nov. 19: In some cases, as in Fred Kagi's home, seawater or water from rising Sarasota Bay, overtook swimming pools.

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Nov. 19: In some cases, as in Fred Kagi's home, seawater or water from rising Sarasota Bay, overtook swimming pools.

Nov. 19: Flood waters rose from Sarasota Bay, canals and other saltwater sources.

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Nov. 19: Flood waters rose from Sarasota Bay, canals and other saltwater sources.

Nov. 19: Homes on Fox Street were particularly hard hit with flooding.

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Nov. 19: Homes on Fox Street were particularly hard hit with flooding.

Dec. 3: Serenissima is more than 19,000 square feet.

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Dec. 3: Serenissima is more than 19,000 square feet.

Dec. 10: Nancy Rozance as Santa is flanked by elves Henriette Van Eck and Martin Poretsky.

Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 |

Dec. 10: Nancy Rozance as Santa is flanked by elves Henriette Van Eck and Martin Poretsky.

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