Siesta Key Association, Siesta Key, Florida



SKA MAY PUBLIC MEETING

Thursday, May 2, 2019, 4:30pm-6:00pm
St. Boniface Episcopal Church Parish Hall
5615 Midnight Pass Road – Siesta Key

Guest Speaker: Chief Ed McCrane
Sarasota County Emergency Management
TOPIC: The 2019 Hurricane Season

Please join us for a special presentation in advance of Hurricane season. Our speaker, Chief Ed McCrane, is certified as a Florida Professional Emergency Manager. As the Florida Department of Energy Management liaison for seven area emergency management directors, he responded to Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne, Dennis, Katrina and Rita to provide state assistance to impacted counties.

He planned and coordinated military support operations for the National Guard to local, state and federal emergencies for 30 Florida counties. For his efforts he was awarded the Florida Distinguished Service Medal. Ed also serves as the Emergency Management Chair for the Southwest Florida Domestic Security Task Force .

Our May meeting will include a significant update for the Siesta Promenade - Kochman legal action. We’ll update encouraging news of the SKA legal challenge to the City of Sarasota - Lido project.

We hope to see you on Thursday, May 2nd!

SKA Board of Directors

SKA PROJECT UPDATES

PUBLIC HEARINGS AND WORKSHOPS - FEBRUARY 2019

Sarasota County is holding a workshop to collect public input on paid parking on Siesta Key and related traffic management topics on February 27, 2019 at 9:00am in the County Administration Building at 1660 Ringling Blvd. 

Although it is called a workshop, we are advised that the format will be more similar to the Public Comments section of a County Commission meeting, where people wishing to provide input will fill out a speaker card and have 3 minutes to deliver their message.

SKA has sent a letter to Nicole Rissler and the commissioners stating our position based on the results of the previous member survey we conducted and other member input.  We will summarize the letter during our allocated speaking time at the workshop.  Members are encouraged to attend and provide their own relevant inputs at the meeting.
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A Public Hearing will be held at the regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners on February 26, 2019, which begins at 9:00am, to receive testimony related to the adoption of increased penalties for code violations related to illegal rentals.  SKA has sent a letter to the commissioners outlining our recommendation for rules related to rental of housing in single family residential neighborhoods.  We will summarize the letter during our allocated speaking time at the workshop.  Members are encouraged to attend and provide their own relevant inputs at the meeting.


SIESTA PROMENADE UPDATE - FEBRUARY 2019

One of our SKA members has initiated a legal challenge to the approval of the Siesta Promenade project.  You can read the Mission Statement on our site.  Sura Kochman is the sole Plaintiff in the case based on her legal standing as a neighborhood resident.  You can check Sura's Updates page for more information.

SKA is working on filing an amicus curiae brief ("Friend of the Court"  statement) supporting the legal action.  More details will be provided as they develop.


BIG PASS DREDGING UPDATE - FEBRUARY 2019

Great news!  On February 12, 2019, Judge Andrea McHugh ruled in support of the SKA legal action to require the City of Sarasota to comply with its own regulations “to make an official determination that the Project is consistent with the City [Comprehensive] Plan and all other applicable local, regional, state, and federal plans and regulations.”

The city also would have to make the case that it would not need to provide notice of the project “to all affected persons … in a manner sufficient to trigger the right of those persons to challenge the decision under Chapter 163 [of the Florida Statutes].”

The city was given 20 days to respond to the order but may ask for an additional 10 days.  Updates will be provided as they become available.


IN OUR 70TH YEAR OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY

The Siesta Key Association was formed in 1948 as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit community group dedicated to maintaining Siesta Key as an attractive residential area. Siesta Key has no unique government entity. Our mission is to provide a representative voice with county government in civic and community affairs of interest to all property owners and residents on Siesta Key. 

SKA has about 2000 individual members , but we always welcome new ones.  Join us today to participate in this important community organization.  Simply click the link to the right to get started.  Just a $30 yearly investment will help us all to protect the distinctive character of Siesta Key.

Stay Active with SKA

The Siesta Key Association has a rich tradition of representing and proactively lobbying for the rights of the citizens of Siesta Key. It is becoming ever more critical to have an active member body that represents the interest of all property owners on Siesta Key.

SKA needs volunteers who can actively participate in subcommittees that work closely with the County to beautify our island, look after the environment and ensure that zoning laws are followed, so we can look forward to maintaining the essence of Siesta Key that is so important to all of us. Please contact info@siestakeyassociation.com for more information.

If you don't have the time to participate in subcommittees, you can learn more about what is happening in your community and contribute your ideas by attending any of the monthly SKA Public Meetings held the first Thursday of every month.

And don't forget to keep your email address current! We don't want to lose touch with you!

GOALS PROJECTS 2018

  • Provide advocacy for our members with County and State government
  • Maintain Siesta Key Overlay District standards and the Gulf Beach Setback Line
  • Protect our natural environment of mangrove, tree canopy, beach vegetation, waterways, and wildlife
  • Pursue bike, pedestrian, and driver safety and reduced traffic on Siesta Key and Bay Island
  • Protect Sarasota Big Pass environment and advocate alternatives for Lido Key renourishment
  • Continue beach park collaborative planning, including paid parking and off-island parking
  • Advocate for minimal impact from Siesta Promenade development
  • Code Red participation for all Siesta Key residents
  • Beautify and improve Siesta Key
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