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In slightly less time than the 20 minutes allot- ted just to the petitioner in a special exception case, the Sarasota County Commission this week unanimously cleared the way for three transient apartments to be created above the new Gidget's Coastal Provisions retail shop on Ocean Boulevard in Siesta Village. T h e u n i t s w i l l b e rented for no less than 30 days at a time. A f t e r t h e c o u n t y i n v e s t e d p u b l i c money in landscap- i n g a n d s i d e w a l k improvements to Siesta Village in 2008, Commissioner Nora Patterson told her col- leagues during their Jan. 28 meeting, she had hoped property owners would be encouraged to pursue structural upgrades. "This is pretty much the first," she pointed out, "so I'm actu- ally quite happy with it." G i d g e t ' s C o a s t a l Provisions, which will be owned and operated by Brian and Trudy Wigelsworth, will fea- ture Margaritaville Apparel and upscale gifts, Brian told The Construction continued on the Gidget's Coastal Provisions building in Siesta Village on Jan. 7. File photo THE COUNTY COMMISSION CLEARS THE WAY FOR THREE TRANSIENT UNITS ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF A NEW SIESTA VILLAGE RETAIL SHOP GIDGET'S RENTAL PLANS A GO We think highly of this project and would like you to support it. Peter van Roekens Terrace East Homeowners Board By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor

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