Local briefs: September

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By John Morton

Noise warning issued to Village establishments
In recent months, two establishments in the Siesta Key Village have received written warnings regarding live music exceeding the decibel levels allowed by Sarasota County code.
No monetary fines were issued.


On May 13, the Blase Cafe, 5263 Ocean Blvd., received a notice of violation when sound registered at 83.5 decibels, according to Sarasota County officials. The business is allowed a maximum level of 80.
On July 13, the same was issued for the Daiquiri Deck, 5250 Ocean Blvd. It has a special exception to allow music at 60 decibels from 10 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Its sound was measured at 77.2.
Also, on July 28, the Siesta Key Oyster Bar, 5238 Ocean Blvd., received a verbal warning for excessive noise.
Meanwhile, code enforcement officer Bern Pisaturo has reported that in July he worked with owners of seven short-term rentals who were not in compliance regarding internet ads that advertised renting opportunities for less than 30 days. In Siesta Key’s residential areas, one month is the minimum.
He also worked with two property owners who had overgrown lawns, Pisaturo said.

FEMA extends sand project deadline despite completion
Sarasota County reports that FEMA has finally issued a time extension for the completion of the South Siesta Beach Repair Project, with the new deadline being April 30 of 2024.
The extension came on June 5, less than two weeks prior to the project’s completion. More than 92,000 cubic yards of sand were added to the Turtle Beach area during the course of about two months.
The extension request was made in early March. The extra time does allow for some required pavement repair with Turtle Beach Park, which will begin soon.

Leases not renewed by 2 businesses in Village
The Seafood Joint, located at 217 Avenida Madera, and the neighboring Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream, located at 219 Avenida Madera, have permanently closed their doors.
Neither have had their leases renewed effective Sept. 1 and did not pursue other leasing options, according to the Davidson family — landlords for the building that houses the two businesses.
A new tenant will soon be occupying the combined space, Richard Davidson said. He was not at liberty to disclose the business name.

Said a Sub Zero spokesperson, in part, in a Facebook post, “After over a decade serving you on Siesta Key, our landlord has decided to go in a different direction. This was an unexpected turn of events, and as such we do not at this time have plans to relocate the store.”
The post went on to say, “We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us on Siesta Key, from those who found us early on and returned year after year to those who only just discovered us, locals and visitors alike. While the pandemic, hurricanes, and red tide presented challenges at times, our business stayed solid and that’s due to YOU. Thank you.
“Thanks also to our employees who have been supportive and understanding through this process.”
The Sub Zero owners do have another Sarasota location, at 4065 Clark Rd.

Fire causes damage at Sandy Cove Road residence
A two-alarm structure fire on Siesta Key’s Sandy Cove Road caused damage in the early-morning hours of Sunday, July 23.
Sarasota County Fire Department personnel responded to the blaze at about 4 a.m. and contained it to the building of its origin. No injuries or transports were reported.
The state’s fire marshal office was contacted to investigate.

Firefighters battle a blaze a July 23 on Sandy Cover Road. (photo courtesy of Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office).
John Morton
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