What Kind of Work Environment Will You Thrive In?

Your graduation day is around the corner and you’re about to head into the work force. Full Time. You’re going to be spending between 40-50 hours a week at work, meaning you’ll be spending more time with co-workers than most family members or college friends soon. Once you take a deep breath and let that sink in, you’ll realize a company’s culture has a lot to do with how happy you’ll be during those hours. Here’s 4 tips to help you decide what kind of company work environment will make you happy.

Five years later - Colony Collapse

The Colony Beach and Tennis Resort — a landmark for 41 years that gave many permanent residents their first glimpse of Longboat Key — closed its doors for good Aug. 15, 2010. Five years later, the 18-acre beachfront resort remains locked up and vacant. A town build- ing official reported during 2013 assessments of conditions at the resort: “It’s slowly collapsing upon itself.” Efforts to redevelop the property have also collapsed. Two agreements the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association signed with developers to resurrect the resort failed. There are more legal disputes and bankruptcy hearings than those following the process can count. And the buildings at 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive are nowhere close to being razed and rebuilt on the prime piece of Gulf-front real estate.

Facebook assists police in car theft arrest

Everyone is on Facebook, even Longboat Key Detective Sgt. Robert Bourque.In April, Bourque skimmed Facebook accounts until he came across an interesting thread from a suspect who had been arrested April 18 for the theft of cars at a Parrish 7-Eleven.Bourque confirmed one of the suspects wrote a post earlier than evening that read: “Done been all through Bradenton, sota, workin but we sliden 3 cars deep coolin, who up?”In the Facebook post of comments from the suspect’s friends, the suspect identified everyone who was with him the night of April 18, when three cars were stolen, including the Lexus of a Longboat Key resident.

'End of an Era' for Moore's Stone Crab Restaurant

At 56, Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant co-owner Alan Moore has never filled out a job application or a W-2. He and his brother, Paul Moore and Robert Hicks, whom the Moores consider their adopted brother, started in the family restaurant as dishwashers before climbing to their roles as co-owners. “I was washing dished for 50 cents an hour with my brother when I was 8,” Alan Moore said. “We would leave the kitchen every day with a pocket full of quarters and spend it on candy.” But after 48 years...

Rental Watchdog - Code officer cracks down on rental violations

Longboat Key Code Enforcement Officer Chris Elbon spends one work day a week scouring beautiful vacation rental properties on Longboat Key.But he’s not looking for an ideal vacation spot. He’s looking for Key property owners who are violating the town’s rental restriction ordinance. When he became the town’s code officer in September, Elbon received four complaints from property owners complaining that homes near them were violating the ordinance. The ordinance states that property owners are permitted once a year to rent their residential property for a period of less than 30 days. That same property owner can rent their propert

How loud is too loud for town?

Listen up, boaters: The town could be measuring your noise levels soon. The Longboat Key Town Commission doesn’t think it’s doing enough to stop noisy boaters from blaring their music off the shores of Longboat Key. At its Monday regular workshop, commissioners expressed frustration with a growing number of boaters anchoring off sandbars on both the north and south ends of the Key. “The number of boats have increased considerably from even a year ago,” said Commissioner Pat Zunz. “I can hear

Chapel signs cell-tower lease

The longboat island Chapel signed a lease July 26 for a 150-foot cell tower to be placed on its property at 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. An agreement has been reached with the Longboat Island Chapel to erect a 150- foot cellular tower on church property. Longboat Island Chapel President Jared East and Sec- retary Hugh Joyner said that the church signed a tower lease agreement Monday, July 26, for a ve-year lease with Jim Eatrides, the owner of Longboat Key-based Alpha Omega Communications, and Kevin Barile, president of the Tampa-based cell-tower de- velopment company, Ridan Industries II. The lease in- cludes four ve-year exten- sion options.   

Election results - Siekmann sails

Siekmann won 72.6% of the vote against gene Jaleski. Newly elected Longboat Key District 5 Commissioner Rob- ert Siekmann celebrated Tues- day night his second-term and 1,185-vote victory over rst- time candidate Gene Jaleski by sharing a victory party. In sharp contrast to his 2006 election, when he held his own victory party at The Market and squeaked out a slim 201-vote win over Miles Leavitt, Siek- mann opted to share his land- slide of 72.6% of the vote with what he perceives as a bigger win for Longboat Key: the ap- proval of two charter amend- ment questions that he hopes will spur Key modernization and boost island tourism. “I was nervous this time be- cause I wanted it that much more,” Siekmann said. “I want to be on this commission to get an opportunity to shape Long- boat’s future.” In Manatee County, Siek- mann received 62.7% of the vote, or 591 votes, compared to Jaleski’s 37.3%, or 351 votes. In Sarasota County, the commis- sioner received 78.1% of the vote, or 1,312 votes, compared to Jaleski’s 21.9%, or 367 votes. “It’s not about how many votes, though,” Siekmann said.