We all recognize the natural beauty of the Island, and we delight in the historic charm of the Village, the beach and the lifestyle they evoke. But we often fail to understand that the preservation of these qualities requires endless attention. Our Board of Directors provides that attention. You will find the Island in its present state thanks in large part to the Siesta Key Association.
November 12, 2014 started our 66th year of SKA service to our Key, our membes and all residential property owners. Our association was formed as a civic community group dedicated to maintaining Siesta Key as an attractive residential area. We are strong advocates for Key residents with County Government. The following is a short historical list of our accomplishments during our organization's existence.
2014 — Initiated public input and dialogue with City of Sarasota, ACOE, to protect Sarasota Big Pass ebb shoal and coastline from COE plan to "sand borrow" and dredge for Lido Beach renourishment. Initiated official request for peer review of Army Corps Engineering Plan.
2013 — Successfully defended the Gulf Beach Setback Line (GBSL) criteria from a Land Use Variance. This unanimous BCC decision affirmed protections from new building beyond the GBSL.
2011-12 — Legislative action with County and State government retained our residential zoning protections, preserving our single family neighborhoods "short-term" rental definition. Worked with FDOT to implement the north Siesta Bridge rehabilitation strategies, keeping the birdge/road open at all times during construction. Advocacy with FDOT and residential community resulted in completion by FDOT of preferred Midnight Pass pedestrial crosswalks, enhancing pedestrian safety.
2007–2010 SKA advocated for and received zoning ordinance support from Sarasota County to maintain current laws protecting Siesta Key from increased density and intensity of development.
2005 — SKA discovered county staff illegally issued permits to property owners that doubled their density on undersized lots. SKA hired a legal team to stop the county from changing the zoning laws to justify the illegal practice.
2003 — SKA worked with the county to update the zoning code, including the Siesta Key Overlay District, to close loopholes including one that allowed illegal short-term rentals.
1997-99— SKA convinced the county to create the Siesta Key Overlay District residential standards to separate the district zoning requirements of Siesta Key from the mainland.
1992 — SKA was the leader in the Save Our Sand issue, saving our barrier sand bar from being removed to feed the Venice beaches. We continue our vigilance on this matter.
1982 — Led efforts to down-zone building on the Key once again, in support of the County's Comprehensive Plan, resulting in fewer units built on the Key.
1976 — SKA directors voted to request Sarasota County to purchase waterfront lots to increase the Siesta Key public beach area.
1973 — SKA worked with county officials to amend the zoning code to reduce density.
1972 — Led efforts to keep North Siesta Bridge replacement to two-lane versus a four-lane highway.
1968 — SKA led a campaign to replace the 1926 Stickney Point Bridge with the current version.
1966 — After SKA pressed state and county officials, the independent Siesta Key Utilities Authority was created and became one of the best water and sewage systems in the state. It was turned over to the county in 2007 as dictated by the original bond contract provision.
1960 — County decides to expand zoning throughout the county using the Siesta Key Zoning Code as a template.
1953 — Siesta Key Association was instrumental in developing zoning for Siesta Key and working on obtaining 2/3 signatures of property owners required for approval of zoning.
1949 — Met with county officials to encourage the creation of the Siesta Key Zoning Code, the first in the county.