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Daily Archives: August 9, 2012
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men who allegedly were using fraudulent credit cards to buy gift cards and other items throughout Siesta Key Village. In June, George Dale, 32, with no known local address, purchased a $200 … Continue reading
The Baltimore Orioles are inviting the public to Family Night at Ed Smith Stadium on Friday, Aug. 10, as the Gulf Coast League Orioles take on the GCL Rays in a free game starting at 7 p.m. This is the … Continue reading
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall was ranked the No. 1 Performing Arts Hall in North America in the 2000-seat “top spots” category in the July issue of Venues Today, the industry bible of performance venues, the Van Wezel’s staff has announced. Executive … Continue reading
While the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is trying to crack down on vehicle burglaries at Siesta’s beaches, Code Enforcement officers are trying to crack down on illegal parking in residential areas on the island, Sgt. Scott Osborne told members of … Continue reading
Earlier this week, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune editorial board recommended Kathy Dent in the supervisor of elections race. The board stressed Dent’s on-the-job experience as its deciding factor. Dent has experience, yes. But it is an experience fraught with incidents of … Continue reading
As of Aug. 1 — the three-month mark — 33 homeless people have rotated through the City of Sarasota’s Street Teams program and 11 of them have been able to find full-time employment, the program’s supervisor reported during the Aug. … Continue reading
George Tatge has been the go-to guy for Sarasota County over the past few weeks as seaweed has washed up on shore. At the same time he’s been overseeing crews collecting that seaweed, he’s also been engaged in a different … Continue reading
The Fabulous Five will take the stage at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, as the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe opens its second summer show. Featuring some of the troupe’s most popular male performers, The Fabulous Five will sing hits of … Continue reading
Sarasota County’s two noise-related ordinances to sunset Nov. 18 Because the Sarasota County Commission has not authorized the hiring of additional Code Enforcement Office employees, staff will discuss with County Administrator Randall Reid how to proceed with overtime hours to … Continue reading
The $500 fee for a formal determination on a zoning matter will be among those addressed when Sarasota County pursues a new study of its fee schedule, Rob Lewis, the county’s director of planning and development services, told about 20 … Continue reading
Damage resulting from Tropical Storm Debby in the municipalities of Sarasota County and in the unincorporated parts of the county combined has been estimated at $7 million, Ed McCrane, the county’s emergency management chief, told members of the Siesta Key … Continue reading
City Commissioner Terry Turner is accused of putting a half-million-dollar pension payment at risk with his language in the Strong City Manager Charter Amendment. The Sarasota News Leader has found that language jeopardizing the pension money first was proposed by City … Continue reading
The race to fill the seat of County Commissioner Jon Thaxton, who is prevented from seeking re-election because of the Florida Supreme Court’s ruling this spring on term limits, appears to be a battle between two candidates for the Republican … Continue reading
A rare whiff of sourness roiled the Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations meeting on Saturday, Aug. 4. Two representatives of African-American neighborhoods were withdrawn and bitter, while a representative from a third less-prosperous neighborhood urged the coalition to censure City … Continue reading
Developer Frank Chinnici has his eye on the largest plot of undeveloped land along U.S. 41 between downtown Sarasota and the airport. On Aug. 2 he held a neighborhood workshop to brief residents on both sides of the Tamiami Trail … Continue reading
When Randy McLendon saw the list of donors supporting Republican County Commission candidate Charles Hines, he recognized more than a few names, many of whom, he says, supported Charlie Crist in Crist’s independent U.S. Senate bid instead of Republican Marco … Continue reading
A long blue line of 96 men and two women have tossed their peaked caps into the race to be the next city police chief. Current Chief Mikel Hollaway will retire in October. The hiring decision will be one of … Continue reading
The dozens of youngsters gathered around tables in the Alta Vista Elementary School cafeteria on Aug. 7 chatted quietly among themselves as they ate their lunches, proving themselves a model of decorum. A visitor easily might have pegged them as … Continue reading
After the devastation of Tropical Storm Debby and losses to natural predation earlier this summer, Siesta Key’s birdwatchers finally found two tiny rays of hope last week. Catherine Luckner, president of the Siesta Key Association and a Sarasota Audubon volunteer, … Continue reading
Sarasota Police Department detectives have identified a vehicle that might have been involved in the hit-and-run incident on the north Siesta bridge on Aug. 1, Capt. Paul Sutton told The Sarasota News Leader Aug. 9. “We have identified a suspect,” … Continue reading