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More than 30 people attended the Longboat Observer commission candidate forum.

Longboat commission hopefuls pitch policy decisions

Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 |

More than 30 people attended the Longboat Observer commission candidate forum.

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Commission candidates Jack Weber, Ken Schneier, Irwin Pastor, Ed Zunz and Randy Langley.

Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 |

Commission candidates Jack Weber, Ken Schneier, Irwin Pastor, Ed Zunz and Randy Langley.

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Bill and Bonnie Coughlin are new to Longboat, but not to politics.

Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 |

Bill and Bonnie Coughlin are new to Longboat, but not to politics.

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District three candidate John Weber stuck to his campaign message: Stop development of the island.

Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 |

District three candidate John Weber stuck to his campaign message: Stop development of the island.

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Eric Warneke (right) said the forum created a convenient space for him to hear what each of the candidates think outside of what he's read in the newspaper.

Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 |

Eric Warneke (right) said the forum created a convenient space for him to hear what each of the candidates think outside of what he's read in the newspaper.

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Redevelopment on the island is the issue, District 3 candidate Ken Schneier said, and the town needs to be careful and crafty when updating its zoning codes.

Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 |

Redevelopment on the island is the issue, District 3 candidate Ken Schneier said, and the town needs to be careful and crafty when updating its zoning codes.

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District 5 candidate Randy Langley said the only thing he would change about the island, after the overhead wires are underground, is the town lighting.

Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 |

District 5 candidate Randy Langley said the only thing he would change about the island, after the overhead wires are underground, is the town lighting.

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April Stratton wants to see the island evolve — its been "kind of stuck" for some time now, she said.

Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 |

April Stratton wants to see the island evolve — its been "kind of stuck" for some time now, she said.

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District 3 incumbent Ed Zunz said the island needs to think big about the inevitable challenge it faces: Sea level rise.

Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 |

District 3 incumbent Ed Zunz said the island needs to think big about the inevitable challenge it faces: Sea level rise.

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Glenn Peterson wants Longboat Key to move into Sarasota County, as some candidates suggested.

Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 |

Glenn Peterson wants Longboat Key to move into Sarasota County, as some candidates suggested.

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Irwin Pastor, the incumbent At-Large representative, said the one-county issue should be thought about regionally so that all parties involved — Longboat Key and Sarasota and Manatee counties — benefit from the move.

Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 |

Irwin Pastor, the incumbent At-Large representative, said the one-county issue should be thought about regionally so that all parties involved — Longboat Key and Sarasota and Manatee counties — benefit from the move.

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