Island Chatter: December

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Siesta Village Ice Cream is new name for business

The ice cream parlor known as Big Olaf Creamery for nearly 40 years now has a new name: Siesta Village Ice Cream.

Located at 5208 Ocean Blvd., the business dropped its affiliation and branding with Big Olaf after the company was shut down in July when a listeria outbreak took place at its Sarasota production plant, according to health officials.

After being closed for a few days for cleaning, the Siesta Key franchise reopened without a name and stayed that way for several months.

It has been serving ice cream from the local Yoder’s Creamery since reopening.

Next Siesta Key Association meeting is Thursday, Dec. 1

The Siesta Key Association civic group meets the first Thursday of each month. The December meeting will be on the 1st from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in St. Boniface Church’s community room, 5615 Midnight Pass Rd.

Among the topics will be a report from Sarasota County regarding the scheduled sand renourishment for Turtle Beach. The county received a FEMA grant after Hurricane Hermine took away from the beach a large amount of sand that had been recently put in place.

The cost of membership in the Siesta Key Association is $35 per year.

Visit for more information.

Chamber recognition nominations sought

Each year the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce recognizes member businesses, community and business leaders, and volunteers for their outstanding achievements and contributions.

Chamber member businesses, customers and employees may submit nominations. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.

Completed nominations must be received no later than 5 p.m. Dec. 15. Use one form per nomination.

Nominees will be evaluated based upon the following criteria:
• Demonstration of excellence in business or profession
• Demonstration of chamber involvement
• Demonstration of community service

Awards will be presented at the chamber’s awards dinner Jan. 25 at Marina Jack.

To complete a nomination, visit

Toy drive taking place at Michael Saunders office

Drop off a new, unwrapped toy or gift at the office of Michael Saunders, 5100 Ocean Blvd., by Dec. 7 to support its 10th annual holiday toy drive.

For more information, call Karen Cadou (941) 349-3444. 

Santa to visit Daiquiri Deck’s south location on Dec. 18

Santa will be visiting the south Daiquiri Deck, 1250 Stickney Point Rd., from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18. Bring your children to see Santa and take pictures with him.

All children receive a small gift from Santa.

The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Dec. 10 Sandy Claws run registration is open

Registration is now open for the 46th annual Sandy Claws Beach Run, which will take place Saturday, Dec. 10 on Siesta Beach.

Register on RunSignup for the 1-mile fun run or the 5K race at

Proceeds benefit the Summer in the Parks Adopt-a-Camper scholarship fund.

Early packet pickup is available at New Balance Sarasota, 1872 Stickney Point Rd., from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8.

Christmas service on Siesta Beach is Dec. 23

The Church of the Palms will hold a Christmas service at the Siesta Key public beach beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23.

The service is contemporary with an emphasis on holiday songs.

Chamber holiday reception is Dec. 7 at Gilligan’s

The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce will hold a holiday reception featuring an appetizer buffet and desserts from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Gilligan’s Island Bar & Grill, 5253 Ocean Blvd.

Prizes will be awarded to the man and woman dressed in the most festive attire.

Visit to register.

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