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60th Anniversary of Longboat Key Celebration ›

The Longboat Key Center for the Arts (LBKCA), a division of Ringling College, will celebrate the 60th  anniversary of Longboat Key with an art show featuring work inspired by or created on Longboat Key. “The Best of Longboat Key Exhibition” will be on display April 9-May 12 at LBKCA, 6860 Longboat Drive S. Artists are invited to submit work for consideration. Information: http://www.ringling.edu/LBKCA.   

Longboat Key Center for Healthy Living to Open March 31 at Centre Shops ›

Longboat Key’s long wait for a family doctor will soon be over. The Longboat Key Foundation announced that the Longboat Key Center for Healthy Living will open on March 31 at 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive in the Centre Shops on Longboat Key. Physicians and staff of AllCare Medical Centers will provide primary and urgent medical care to Longboat Key residents and visitors at the Center for Healthy Living. Longboat Key has not had a family doctor for the past two years. Additional health care services that will locate in the center include the Center for Brain Health – a neurology practice specializing in brain health – and Fitness Quest Physical Therapy. The public is invited to meet the health care providers at “Meet the Doctors,” a community information session, on Monday, March 14, 4:30-6 p.m. at the Resort at Longboat Key Club, Harbourside Ballroom. The event is free, but registration is required as seating is limited. Register by noon, March 11 by email to longboatkey@cfsarasota.org or phone, 941-556-7160. “The Longboat Key Foundation is excited to announce the opening of the Longboat Key Center for Healthy Living, which is made ...

Transportation Awareness Day Jan. 26 ›

Want to go somewhere but don’t want to or can’t drive? It’s easy on Longboat Key. Residents learned their many transportation options at Transportation Awareness Day Jan. 26, at Longboat Island Chapel. Sponsored by the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, Aging in Paradise Resource Center and the Longboat Key Foundation, the event hosted representatives from a variety of transportation providers.  Learn more: http://www.yourobserver.com/article/oh-places-you%E2%80%99ll-go-longboat-key  

Donors Commit $500,000 to Create Longboat Key Center for Healthy Living ›

Private contributions will support new medical and wellness facility. LONGBOAT KEY (September 22, 2015) – The Longboat Key Foundation announced that Ocean Properties Ltd. and an anonymous donor have committed $500,000 to support the planned Longboat Key Center for Healthy Living. “These generous gifts to aid in creating the Center for Healthy Living respond to a vital community need – to restore and enhance the health care services available on Longboat Key,” said Bob Simmons, chairman of the Longboat Key Foundation Board of Advisors. “Our aim is to create a facility that not only provides needed medical and wellness services for residents and visitors, but also improves our self‐sufficiency as a community and enables residents to remain on Longboat Key as they age.” The community’s sole primary care doctor retired in May 2014. The Foundation launched a fundraising effort in June 2015 with a goal of $1.6 million to establish the Center for Healthy Living and support a two‐year pilot. The Foundation is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, a 501(c)(3) non‐profit organization. “Ocean Properties is proud to be such an integral part of this community and support this ...

Longboat Key Foundation Seeks Private Funding for Medical and Wellness Center ›

Longboat Key Center for Healthy Living will address vital community need. LONGBOAT KEY (June 30, 2015) – The Longboat Key Foundation announced that it is seeking to raise $1.6 million in private funding to establish the Longboat Key Center for Healthy Living. The center will offer immediate and primary health care services, which have not been available to residents and visitors on Longboat Key since the community’s sole primary care doctor retired in May 2014. “The Center for Healthy Living responds to a vital community need. We must restore and enhance the health care services available on Longboat Key to better serve residents and visitors, improve our self-sufficiency as a community, and enable residents to remain on Longboat Key as they age,” said Bob Simmons, chairman of the Longboat Key Foundation. The Foundation is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The proposed Longboat Key Center for Healthy Living will have the following characteristics: ·        Top-notch medical and wellness services under one roof. ·        Highly qualified practitioners specializing in family medicine and other services needed by Longboat Key residents and visitors. ·        Most health ...

Longboat Key Foundation Established at CFSC ›

Community leaders have established the Longboat Key Foundation through the Community Foundation of Sarasota County (CFSC). Read more here.

New Community Foundation Makes Longboat its Mission ›

Charity starts at home. And now Longboat Key residents who want their charitable contributions to stay at home have a new way to make that happen. Read more here.

Foundation Examines Support for Medical Center ›

Longboat Key will no longer have a family care physician after Dr. Pamela Letts, owner of the Centre Shops Family Practice and Urgent Care, retires May 5. As Letts prepares for retirement, various parties are working to make medical services a part of the island’s future. Read more here.

Healing Touch ›

Dr. Pamela Letts has a reputation for talking tough to patients. One patient recently stopped by and told her he didn’t like her or what she told him at first, but he had changed his mind. Read more here.

SMH Should Give It a Try ›

Now that Dr. Pamela Letts, M.D., has closed her Longboat Key primary-care practice, there is a vacuum. And as economists often say, the market hates a vacuum, and the market always fills a vacuum. Read more here.

Aposporos: Longboat Key Triathlon Still Running Strong ›

Longboat Key Triathlon competitors will swim a half mile in the lagoon off New Pass at the south end of Longboat, bike 20 miles north and then south on Gulf of Mexico Drive, and run five miles on the grounds of the Resort and Longboat Club Road. Read more here.

Longboat Key Triathlon Draws 500 Athletes to Benefit Longboat Key Foundation ›

More than 500 athletes from across the nation and around the world converged on Longboat Key on October 19 to compete in the fifth annual Longboat Key Triathlon. The event benefited the Longboat Key Foundation. The triathlon also included a duathlon competition that is ranked among the top 10 in the United States.  The event took place along the full length of Gulf of Mexico Drive, and on the grounds of the Resort at Longboat Key Club. The Foundation, which recruited 60 volunteers to support the event, is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Longboat Key Foundation helps donors address community needs and aspirations. The Foundation identifies and pursues initiatives to enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors in the island community on Florida’s West Coast. The Foundation’s work is guided by a diverse, volunteer advisory board that includes Longboat Key residents and other stakeholders committed to the long-term sustainability and livability of the key. Information:www.LongboatKeyFoundation.org.    

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