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Fishing is permitted in our parks unless otherwise posted. All park rules and regulations apply. Fishing, salt water and fresh water, is regulated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.
The Town of Longboat Key no longer accepts memorial donations of benches or trees due to the cost of future maintenance and perpetual care. The Town does not wish to dishonor a memorial for a loved one by not being able to maintain the donation in the condition in which you may feel it deserves.
Sand Wasps - not dangerous to be around and not a threat to people.
The large and small bee-like insects hovering and flying around the playground and along the trail are sand wasps. they are nesting in the sand around the margins of the playground. Unlike nesting honeybees, yellow jackets and hornets, they are not dangerous to be around and are not a threat to people. They do not aggressively defend their nests. In fact, one can walk through a nesting area without being threatened. Female sand wasps have dug individual burrows with cells in which they are laying eggs and provision with flies of other insects to feed their young larvae. They are considered to be beneficial because they capture flies, especially horse and deer flies as well as muscoid flies, a group which also include house flies. They have chosen the playground because of its sandy soil. However, because they like sandy habitats, many of them live together. Adult sand wasps are such agile and rapid fliers, it would be difficult to touch one. Control of these wasps is not necessary as female wasps are not aggressive. Males, which cannot sting, sometimes hover around people to declare their territory.
"Beach Wrack" refers to the piles of seaweed, terrestrial plants, and animal remains that wash ashore and are found in the tideline. Large clumps of wrack are found on our beaches after storms. This wrack is mainly composed of marine algae, or seaweed, which comes from offshore kelp beds.
In 2011 Longboat Key voters approved a bond referendum authorizing borrowing and repayment of $16 million for beach nourishment. Eighty percent (80%) of the voters approved the ballot question. The Town did not assess the voter approved tax to repay the $16 million until 2014. Now we are undertaking several beach projects with the approved funds and funds from Tourist Development Taxes and State of Florida grants.
Within the next two years we expect to complete dredging of New Pass and Longboat Pass and placement of the dredged material on Longboat Key beaches. We also expect to place sand in the central part of the Town via truck hauling. In the next two to three years we expect to expend about $20 million on beach nourishment and stabilization projects. The increase in the Erosion Control tax is to repay the voter approved debt associated with borrowing $16 million for beach projects described above. The bonds will be paid off on or before 2021.
Florida Statewide Building Code allows for periods of up to six months to lapse without
requiring work to proceed on an individual job site.
If any person is in doubt whether the work to be performed falls within a “minor work” exception, that person shall request a binding interpretation from the Building Official. That person shall set forth, with specificity, the facts as to the extent and nature of the work on the Binding Interpretation of Minor Work Request Form provided by the Planning, Zoning and Building Department.
Wallpaper, wall coverings, or drywall finish
Drywall or sheetrock repair – up to 48-square feet
Floor and wall tile
Rugs, carpeting or other floor covering
Replacing cabinets, counter tops, and refacing
Replacement of existing fixtures or appliances – so long as there is no alteration or modification of existing wiring
Sink, dishwasher, or toilet replacement – so long as a licensed plumber performs the work
Replacement of existing hardware
Repair of broken glass (does not include replacement of window)
Driveways, decks and patios directly at-grade (must meet specific zoning criteria and must be approved by the Planning & Zoning Division as an exception)
Small, incidental roof leak repairs (maximum of 100-square feet (1 square))
Other items determined by the Building Official to be minor in accordance with Ordinance 04-12 and the Florida Building Code
* When painting buildings with fire suppression systems and/or fire alarms, the owner shall notify the Fire Chief in accordance with Chapter 94 of this Code.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Flood Insurance Rate Map
Base Flood Elevation
Additional height above the required minimun elevation of the
Coastal Construction Control Line
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
In order to insure consistency and to improve implementation over multiple jurisdictions, the State of Florida elected to adopt a statewide building code. Construction in the Town of Longboat Key is under the Florida Statewide Building Code, which became effective March 15, 2012(current Edition 2010). The Florida Building Code outlines who can pull a permit and when a permit is required. In addition, it establishes the minimum standards by which buildings are to be designed and constructed.
A permit is required to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or
replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system; the installation
is regulated by technical code. The Town has adopted an ordinance that allows
“minor work” to be exempt from permitting (Ordinance 04-12: Building Permit Minor Exemptions).
The Town, through Chapter 150, Buildings of the Town Code, has adopted the
Florida Statewide Building Code.
The Statewide Building Code designates the local Building Official as the
authority for implementation and interpretation of the Town Code. The Florida
Building Commission may hear appeals of the local Building Official's
The Town is under the jurisdiction of the
Florida Statewide Building Code.
The Statewide Building Code was developed to correct poor construction
and damage as a result of hurricanes such as Hurricane Andrew. The
Legislature and governor have enacted requirements for all communities
adopt and enforce standard building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing
other specialty trade codes. Cities, towns and counties in Florida
discretion when it comes to permitting and licensing requirements. The
Building Official, inspectors, and plans examiners are all licensed
To schedule an appointment, call 941-316-1977.
Place trees at curbside for normal yard waste pickup on Wednesday. Please remove all ornaments, icicles or stands.
Household garbage is collected on Monday and Thursday throughout the Key. Containers are provided by the Town’s franchise hauler. There are three sizes of the green containers available: 30, 64 and 96 gallons. Plastic bags may also be placed curbside but cannot weigh more than 40 pounds each. Corrugated cardboard boxes should be flattened and placed curbside alongside your garbage. If you should move, the garbage can should remain at the residence.Recyclables are collected on Monday only. Place recyclables in your single stream cart. A new single stream blue cart will be delivered to you beginning November 3, 2014 and your old dual stream red and blue bins will be recycled. Please use your single stream cart as soon as it arrives. Do not place your recyclables in the green household garbage cart, or in paper bags, plastic bags or cardboard boxes. See Waste Management's list of which items to recycle brochure and the Town's recycle page. If you move, the recycling cart should remain at the residence.
Yard waste is collected on Wednesday only. Put yard waste in reusable cans (not your green or blue carts) or securely tied bags. The cans should be no larger than 32 gallons and yard waste should not stick out over the top of the can. When it’s more practical to bundle, tie the yard waste securely. Cans, bundles or bags must weigh less than 40 pounds, bundles must be 4’ long or less, and 16” or less in diameter. If you have an excessive amount or larger pieces of yard waste, please call Waste Management at (941) 753-7591 to arrange for a special pickup.
Garbage, recyclables and yard waste must not be commingled. All items must be curbside by 7:00 AM. If your pickup is missed, please call the Public Works Department at (941) 316-1988 as soon as you are aware of the missed pickup oar Waste Management at (941) 753-7591.
Introducing your water meter.
Further information can be obtained directly from the Water Division by calling (941) 316-1958, Extension 2216.
The term "E-Scrap" is applied to consumer electronic equipment that is no longer wanted. Many components in electronic equipment contain hazardous materials such as lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic. While in use these hazardous materials do not present a problem, but when they are discarded they pose an environmental threat.
Common electronic products include:
Computer cables, connectors and mice
DVD players/ recorders
Computer game hardware
Monitors and terminals
Personal audio systems
Items NOT accepted include toasters, vacuums, mixers/blenders.
A substance is hazardous if it is TOXIC, directly or indirectly poisons living things; IGNITABLE, capable of catching fire; REACTIVE, capable of participating in a chemical interaction or transformation; CARCINOGENIC, capable of causing cancer.
Improper disposal of hazardous products can cause a fire or release toxic fumes, pose a health risk for collectors or contaminate the water supply and the environment.
Mosquito control is conducted by county mosquito management departments, not through the Town's public works department. For mosquito control problems call:
Manatee County Mosquito Control - 941-722-3720 or
Email your complaint to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarasota County Mosquito Management - 941-861-5000 or
Several government agencies answer calls regarding Nuisance Wildlife. The Town of Longboat Key does not have an agency that removes wildlife from properties.
For information about nuisance wildlife, contact:
Manatee County Extension Program by phone (941) 722-4524
Sarasota County Extension Program by phone (941) 861-9500
University of Florida website http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_nuisance_wildlife
Florida Wildlife Commission by phone (888-404-FWCC(3922)) or visit the FWC website http://myfwc.com
Local nuisance wildlife trapper contact information can be found on the Florida Wildlife Commission website.
Yes. They are as follows:
A department head, with prior approval of the town manager, may make or authorize others to make procurements of supplies, services or construction items in amounts less than $3,000.00 per vendor, on a routine basis to maintain work flow and services. If the vendor is under contract with the town, the purchase shall be from that vendor, unless extenuating circumstances exist which make it impractical or undesirable to purchase from that vendor. For purchases less than $3,000.00, there shall be no need to obtain quotations. The purchases are to be reviewed quarterly by the financial specialist and the finance department for adherence to competitive and fair purchasing practices.
Prices for purchases between $3,000.00 and $10,000.00 shall be submitted in writing from the vendor or firm submitting the quotation. Purchases estimated to cost between $10,000.01 and $34,999.99 will be written and submitted by the vendor or firm quoting. Where oral quotations are received, rather than written quotations, documentation of reasons for infeasibility of written quotations shall be noted and authorized by the financial specialist prior to the purchase. Every effort will be made to obtain a minimum of three (3) or more quotations for purchases estimated between $3,000.00 and $10,000.00. Every effort will be made to obtain a minimum of six (6) or more quotations for purchases estimated between $10,000.01 and $34,999.99 for goods, supplies, material and equipment; and $10,000.01 to $100,000.00 for public works projects. Any purchase that is anticipated to exceed $35,000.00, except as allowed for public works projects, shall be posted on an electronic notification service. The town manager shall further notify the town commission of any public works projects anticipated to exceed $35,000.00 procured under this subsection.
The Town of Longboat Key has elected not to maintain its own bidders list for notifications of Request for Bid (RFB) Request for Proposals (RFP) and Request for Qualification (RFQ) solicitations. In
its place, the Town elected to use DemandStar (a bidder
notification service) to notify and maintain a comprehensive automated
vendor list. The list categorizes each vendor by commodity codes
for the specific goods or services which they have selected. Businesses who
have subscribed to the vendor list are notified by fax or e-mail whenever a
RFB, RFP, or RFQ, has been issued for the commodity
offered by the vendor.
Firm may elect to be placed
on the vendor list by clicking the DemandStar
To view a list of our current bids, click on
the DemandStar - Town of Longboat Key Solicitation
Notices link below.
Yes. If you are unable to go to the polls on election day and wish to vote by absentee ballot, you may call the Supervisor of Elections Office (Manatee County 941-741-3823 OR Sarasota County 941-861-8600) for full information on voting by absentee ballot. You may also request an absentee ballot on-line at the following site:
Manatee County Supervisor of Elections:
Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections:
The Longboat Key Town Commission consists of seven members elected for 2-year terms. Districts 1, 3, and 5 and one At-Large District seat are elected in even numbered years. Districts 2 and 4 and one At-Large District seat are elected in odd numbered years.
When there are more than two qualified candidates for an elective office on the Town Commission, the Town Charter requires that a preliminary election be held on the last Tuesday of January. The names of the first and second candidates who received the highest number of votes casts for that particular Commission office are then placed on the ballot for that office in the general election.
The general election will be held on the 3rd Tuesday in March, or, when practicable, in conjunction with any Manatee County or Sarasota County election held in March.