10 things Longboaters missed while they were away

We know it can be hard to keep up with the news from Florida while you're summering away, free from humidity, afternoon thunderstorms and the worry of an alphabetical list that can rip your roof off. So each November, we bottle up all the Longboat happenings you missed and bring them to you thusly. Enjoy!

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Red tide killed fish and a big piece of the summer

No tropical storms or hurricanes came calling, which normally would be a central component of a happy summer, but something nearly as annoying and disruptive washed ashore in late July.

Red tide.

The toxic plume of micro-organisms drifted well off the Florida coast for most of 2018 and began killing sea life in the Fort Myers area just about the time you snowbirds headed north.

Our beaches keep washing away

Even as trucks trundled their way from a Polk County mine to the island’s north shore to deposit about 1,300 loads of sand washed away by wind and waves, the town was working on a more permanent fix.

Town gets tough with short-term rental offenses

It's been a long-running complaint that runs in two different directions.

Neighbors of short-term landlords often grouse about the comings and goings of different people, families and visitors and the flouting of rules that generally bar leases of less than 30 days.

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