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Sheriff’s substation closes in the Village
The substation located in the Siesta Center on Ocean Blvd. has been vacated although, according to Lieutenant Debra Kaspar, some additional work must be done inside before it is turned back over to management at the end of September.  All deputies will be working out of the beach office location and will continue to patrol the island.

Government Affairs: Mark Smith from Smith Architects continues to work with Sarasota County on plans for possible additional Village parking. Work is in progress for 80 to 95 identified parking spots with some actual new spots. In February, a parking committee was formed with County staff, Commissioner Alan Maio and the leadership from the Siesta Key Village Association. There is currently a shortage of over 300 public parking spots for the Village. Sarasota County Business Professional Lisa Cece believes that some of the parking issues need to be resolved by SKVA, landlords and the business owners.

Village Blood Drive
On Sunday Sept 6, Labor Day, the Siesta Key Association partnering with SunCoast Blood Bank will host a blood drive in the Siesta Key Village from 10 am to 2 pm. Donors will receive a Free Breakfast courtesy of Village Café, along with a wellness check and cholesterol screening.  “There are over 100 blood transfusions in our community each and every day and it’s very difficult keep up with,” according to Kay Kouvatsos, SKVA coordinator for this event.

The SunCoast bus will be parked between Beach Bazaar 5122 Ocean Blvd and the Gazebo right in the center of the Village. To schedule an appointment call 1-866-97-BLOOD.

Volunteers needed for Light up the Village event
The Siesta Key Village Association continues to seek volunteers to sign-up participants for their annual Light Up the Village parade.  General help in setting luminaries, placing signs for directions to Santa’s Village, etc. is also needed and will begin about 4 p.m. on the day of the event.  This year’s celebration will be held on November 28.  Please contact Roz at if you can lend a hand.   All help is appreciated.

New Dentist in Village
Renovations have been taking place the past few months at the former Siesta Smiles Dentistry located at 5223 Avenida Navarra. The remodeled State-of-the-art Dental Office called SIESTA DENTAL offers the latest in dental technology and an impressive dental lab. Dr. Alexander Gaukhman handles a wide range of dental services from preventative care to extractions, Invisaline, dentures, root canals, dental implants to 24/7 dental emergencies. See website for additional information.

Monthly Meetings
SKVA meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at the Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar. The meetings begin at 8:30 a.m.  Everyone interested in learning more about Siesta Key Village is encouraged to attend. For more information visit them at



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