Sarasota News Leader

08/02/2013

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Siesta Seen BOLLARD INSTALLATION IS UNDER WAY; MORE BEACH-NESTING BIRD HATCHLINGS HAVE BEEN REPORTED, IN SPITE OF BUFFER VANDALISM; A PUBLIC MEETING IS SCHEDULED ON LOW-SPEED VEHICLES ON THE KEY By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Although I reported a couple of weeks ago that Sarasota County staff planned to start installing the bollards with LED illumination at seven Siesta Village crosswalks this week, one never knows whether something will interfere with a tentative timetable. I am very pleased to say that Peter van Roekens — the Siesta Key Association officer who started the initiative in January 2012 to provide better lighting in the Village — called me on July 30 to say the installation is proceeding. "I'm very happy now," van Roekens told me. Along with Siesta Village Association representatives Russell Matthes and Mark Smith — County tourism figures show plenty of visitors are enjoying Siesta Public Beach this summer, including this youngster. Photo courtesy of Peter van Roekens A pelican skims the Gulf of Mexico on Siesta Key. Photo courtesy of Peter van Roekens

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