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Recent Coalition Activities

• Our membership has grown to 70 neighborhood and condominium Associations comprising over 6,400 households.
 

• For months, experienced land use attorney Patricia Petruff of Dye, Harrison, Kirkland, Petruff, Pratt & St. Paul, PLLC has been working on our behalf on legal issues with the hotels proposals.

• We engaged Dan DeLisi of DeLisi, Inc., an MIT-educated, Florida-licensed professional land planner to educate and prepare us for the regulations and code applicable to these proposed hotels.

• We hired William Oliver, a professional traffic engineer and transportation consultant that has been very active locally and regionally to present our traffic concerns at the hearings.

• On July 13, our Traffic Consultant Bill Oliver went on the record at the beginning of the Board of Commissioners Meeting that day to call for the Commissioners to do a “bridge to bridge” traffic impact analysis on SK to analyze the cumulative effect of multiple high-density hotels and the coming Siesta Promenade on our already constrained roads and barrier island access (3 of our Coalition officers also spoke endorsing the need for the County study before proceeding to precedent-setting hotel.

• On May 18th we sent a Letter to the Board of Commissioners outlining major concerns and requesting face-to-face meetings (to date, only one has accepted our multiple requests).

We are mailing our 2nd Coalition postcard to every property owner on Siesta Key next week and will include five other Sarasota County zip codes to broaden education and contacts onto the mainland.

• All 500 of the “Stop High-Density Hotel” signs have been deployed throughout the Key. (If  you brought yours inside during Tropical Storm Elsa, please put it back out!)

• Our leadership team has actively engaged in all four of the Neighborhood Workshops for each of the four hotels and followed up with written issues emails to County Staff and planner@scgov.net to reiterate for the public record the key concerns of the individual applications.

• We have worked with other consultants and a significant volunteer team to research and prepare other content for presentation at the upcoming meetings.

• We have actively engaged with the press at the Siesta Sand, the Sarasota News Leader, the Sarasota Observer, and the Herald-Tribune on many target articles on the hotels, including TV interviews.   (See under “Press Coverage” below) 

• We have worked in close coordination with leadership of the Siesta Key Association and Siesta Key Condominium Council to share insights, communication and efforts.

Press Releases

SIESTA KEY COALITION HAS CONCERNS ABOUT DUE PROCESS 

Sarasota County Planning Process for New Hotels is Flawed

SK COALITION OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED SIESTA KEY HOTEL GROWS

Unwelcome Project and Dangerous Precedents

SIESTA KEY COALITION CALLS FOR BIG PICTURE APPROACH

Impact of All Proposed Hotels Should be Reviewed Collectively, Not Separately

Press Coverage

August 19, 2021

Emma Sears, SNN News

Siesta Key hotel projects cause concerns for residents

August 15, 2021

Derek Gilliam Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Key Fight Siesta Groups Rally As Hotel Bids Head To Planning Board

July 29, 2021

Rachel Brown Hackney

Siesta Key nonprofit contends county planning staff deferring to developers and failing to engage with residents in regard to proposals for four hotel projects

June 2, 2021

Please read since it captures key requests of our Commissioners

SIESTA KEY COALITION - IMPORTANT UPDATE

May 27, 2021

Sarasota News Leader, Rachel Brown Hackney:

Siesta Key Coalition seeking meetings with county commissioners to discuss need for comprehensive analysis of impacts four hotel projects would have on the barrier island

May 13, 2021

Sarasota News Leader, Rachel Brown Hackney

Island residents voice multitude of concerns about plans for redevelopment of Siesta Key Beach Resort and Suites from 55 rooms to potentially 170

May 5, 2021

Chris Anderson Sarasota Herald-Tribune

OPINION: Siesta Key hotel development will turn masterpiece into money-driven mess

May 2, 2021

Sarasota Herald-Tribune by Ralph Smith

Siesta Key Cartoon

April 29, 2021

Sarasota News Leader, Rachel Brown Hackney

May 10 Neighborhood Workshop planned on the redevelopment of Siesta Beach Resort in Siesta Village

April 22, 2021

Sarasota Herald Tribune, Tim Fanning

Could more hotels be coming to Siesta Key? Fourth developer submits proposal

March 11, 2021

Sarasota News Leader, Rachel Brown Hackney:

Siesta Key Coalition working to hire consultants and raising funds to pay for them in fight against proposed high-rise hotels that would increase density on the island

March 8, 2021

Mark Spiegel, Siesta Key Coalition President

Siesta Key Condominium Council
March 2021 PowerPoint Presentation

March 3, 2021

Siesta Sand, Rachel Brown Hackney:

Deficiencies found in Calle Miramar hotel application

March 2, 2021

Siesta Sand, Rachel Brown Hackney:

Anti-hotel group growing

March 1, 2021

Siesta Sand, Rachel Brown Hackney:

Commissioners move forward with hotel amendments

February 12, 2021

Sarasota News Leader, Rachel Brown Hackney:

Numerous deficiencies cited by Sarasota County staff in application for eight-story, 170-room hotel proposed on edge of Siesta Village

February 5, 2021

Sarasota News Leader, Rachel Brown Hackney:

Condominium Council encouraging members to join Siesta Key Coalition

February 2, 2021

Siesta Sand, Rachel Brown Hackney:

Traffic analysis completed on proposed south Siesta Key expansion

February 2, 2021

Siesta Sand, Rachel Brown Hackney:

Protests aplenty aired over proposal for 170-room, eight-story hotel on edge of Siesta Village

January 28, 2021

Sarasota News Leader, Rachel Brown Hackney:

Sarasota residents fail in quest to prevent county staff review of proposed changes to barrier island density regulations outside normal cycle

January 27, 2021

Siesta Key Observer, Brynn Mechem:

Commission approves out of cycle hotel proposals

January 27, 2021

Herald-Tribune, Tim Fanning:

Sarasota County to press ahead with review of hotel proposals on Siesta Key

January 21, 2021

Sarasota News Leader, Rachel Brown Hackney:

Siesta Key Coalition calling for county staff to review three island hotel proposals in one general review

January 17, 2021

ABC7 TV WWSB, Seshmi Hayes:

Siesta Key Hotel Controversy

January 14, 2021

Sarasota News Leader, Rachel Brown Hackney:

Protests aplenty aired over proposal for 170-room, eight-story hotel on edge of Siesta Village

January 14, 2021

Sarasota News Leader, Rachel Brown Hackney:

Only 92 extra vehicles expected to be associated with 120-room hotel and 203-space garage proposed near stickney point road on Siesta Key

January 13, 2021

Siesta Key Observer, Brynn Mechem:

Hotel workshop draws Siesta Key concerns

January 13, 2021

SNN TV:

Siesta Key residents want commissioners to be vigilant on hotels

January 11, 2021

Herald-Tribune, Tim Fanning:

Residents Slam Effort to Fast Track Large Siesta Key Hotel Proposals

January 11, 2021

ABC7 TV WWSB, Seshmi Hayes:

SK Coalition ABC7 TV WWSB 5 pm News

January 11, 2021

ABC7 TV WWSB, Seshmi Hayes:

Hotel Developers to hear from Siesta Key residents

January 11, 2021

ABC7 TV WWSB, Seshmi Hayes:

Seshmi Hays interviews Mark Spiegel regarding the proposed Calle Miramar Hotel on Jan 11 at 6 pm

January 4, 2021

Siesta Sand, Rachel Brown Hackney:

Residents Voice Strong Opposition to proposed Stickney Point hotel and Garage

December 18, 2020

Sarasota News Leader, Rachel Brown Hackney:

Siesta Key residents remain Adamant in Opposition to Plans for 120-Room Hotel and Five-Story Parking Garage

December 5, 2020

Herald-Tribune, Tim Fanning:

Ask Gary Siesta Key hotel proposal gets earful at first Workshop

December 3, 2020

Sarasota News Leader, Rachel Brown Hackney:

Kompothecras’ Hotel and Garage Project Team Members Hear Numerous Complaints

December 3, 2020

Siesta Sand, Island Chatter:

Condo Council Members Strongly Opposed to Hotel Plans

December 2, 2020

ABC News Channel 7:

Hotel Proposal on Siesta Key

November 13, 2020

Sarasota News Leader, Rachel Brown Hackney:

Siesta Seen – Condo Council members strongly opposed to hotel plans

October 22, 2020

Siesta Key Observer, Brynn Mechem:

Residents worry hotel proposals will change nature of Siesta Key