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Comment on proposed fish farm locations – one off Siesta Key

June 7, 2022 — On June 1, 2022, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries published a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register to prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement and conduct public scoping meetings. This impact statement seeks to assess the impacts of identifying Aquaculture Opportunity Areas (AOAs)in Federal Waters of the Gulf Read More >

Call 941-861-4900 if you have information about Memorial Day shooting on Siesta Key

June 1, 2022 — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, is currently investigating a shooting incident that occurred near Avenida Messina and Avenida Navarra on Siesta Key. Deputies responded just after 4:00 p.m. Monday for a report of a fight that began near Beach Access 3 involving possibly 10 or more juveniles. Several gunshots were heard, Read More >

Sea Urchin on Carefree Learner

Megan Ehlers, Director Carefree Learner Program to Speak at June 2 SKA Meeting

May 27, 2022 — Dr. Megan Ehlers, Ph.D., will be the guest speaker at the June 2 SKA meeting. She is a Marine Science teacher at Sarasota High School and serves as the Director of the Carefree Learner program. Her program is referred to as a “floating classroom.”  Sarasota High School’s “floating classroom” conducts educational tours Read More >

In advance of June 14 workshop, Dave Balot answers questions about his proposed hotel on Wells Fargo site

May 30, 2022 — Dave Balot, owner of 5810 Midnight Pass Road on Siesta Key, will hold a Neighborhood Workshop at St Boniface Episcopal Church (5815 Midnight Pass Road) on June 14 from 6 to 7 pm. The workshop is intended to inform residents of Balot’s revised plans for a hotel on the former Wells Read More >

Be Prepared for 2022 Hurricane Season

May 22, 2022 — Ed McCrane, Sarasota County Emergency Management chief, urged Siesta Key residents at the May SKA meeting to be prepared for the 2022 hurricane season, which begins June 1. Siesta Key is in evacuation zone A so residents will be instructed to evacuate when storm surge of 10 feet or more is Read More >

SKA testing new marine life habitats in Siesta Key canals

April 30, 2022 — The Siesta Key Grand Canal Regeneration (SK GCR) project tests new habitat types for marine life in Siesta Key waterways.   1. Vertical Oyster Gardens (VOGs) – The SK GCR team plans to apply for a grant later in the summer to install and study the colonization of the VOGs.  2.  Concrete Roofing Tiles are a new invention Read More >

work area of Higel/Oceal drainage improvements

Ocean/Higel drainage improvements begin May 2

May 14, 2022 — The County released this traffic control plan for the project. Ocean Blvd. is periodically closed at Higel with a detour routed down Reid Street to Ocean. April 29, 2022 — Ocean Boulevard/Higel Avenue drainage improvements are scheduled to begin May2, 2022 on Siesta Key. Residents in the area received postcard notification Read More >

Judge allows County to amend response to Ramirez complaint

May 27, 2022 — The judge in the Calle Miramar hotel lawsuit has allowed the County attorney to amend his answer to the Ramirez complaint, to request attorneys’ fees if the County prevails, according to Sarasota News Leader, May 27, 2022,  article by Rachel Brown Hackney . April 29, 2022 — “On April 25, a Read More >

Tern nest on Lido beach

Weekly Shorebird Update!

June 17, 2022 — Hello all!  First, a few event reminders: In case you missed it, here is the link to the recorded Intro to Bird Stewardship webinar from this past week: Link to the Intro for Bird Stewardship here. This weekend: Lido Key Bird Walk – June 18th at 8:30am, Lido Key Pavilion Next week: Steward Meet-Up – June Read More >

March installation of mini reefs

34 Mini Reefs Added to Siesta Key Waterways

April 1, 2022 — On March 25, SKA installed 34 new mini reefs in Siesta Key waterways, with one community putting in 20 of those mini reefs. A special thanks to all new mini reef owners for your patience, to Jean Cannon’s team and the install team for their endurance, and to the residents of Northport and Read More >