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The Board


John Davidson


John Davidson, a resident of Siesta Key since 1958, is perhaps best known as the founder of Davidson Drugs and The Pelican Press. But, he has been interested in the issue of incorporating Siesta Key for many years. During the 1990’s, he spearheaded an effort to incorporate, and is very pleased that there is renewed interest in the project.


“I always thought Siesta Key was a natural for incorporation. If it were a town, it would better be able to control its destiny and increase the beauty of the Key. We could have better signage, landscaping and streetscaping. We would be in a better position to monitor density. The County does not view the Key the same way as the residents do, and is not as interested in preserving our unique lifestyle.” -John Davidson


Lisa Choate


My first visit to Siesta Key was in 2019 with my family, we knew immediately that this was where we wanted to live.  We waisted no time and moved here permanently in 2020.  


My professional project management career of 18 years was spent implementing, managing and mentoring.  I believe the incorporation of Siesta Key is necessary to keep the charm of this beautiful island.


Stephen Lexow


I spent my entire childhood on Siesta Key until age 17.  As a neurologist, I decided to close my private practice in Atlanta in 2012 and relocate back home, to Siesta Key.  


I truly care about my community; I volunteer at the Friendship Center,  I am a board member of Save our Siesta Sand 2 as well as supported many local initiatives.  I believe the time has come for Siesta Key residents and business owners to unite and create our own destiny. 


Tracy Jackson

My whole life, I wanted to be a Florida resident.  When I moved here 7 years ago, it was a dream come true.  After being diagnosed with breast cancer and beating it, I decided to retire from a career in senior focused healthcare.  


I believe that incorporating Siesta Key will improve the quality of life for all who live here, do business here and visit here.


The Honorable Harry Anand

Chemical Engineer and former Mayor of the Village of Laurel Hollow, New York.  I am a passionate Siesta Key resident of 10 years, involved in several local boards including the Advisory Board of the Sarasota County Sheriff, the Gulf Coast CEO Forum and The Sarasota Yacht Club.  


I believe self governance is at the heart of our democracy and our history as a nation. 


Chuck Byrne

As a West Point graduate, Navy officer and Corporate VP of 3M I have lived all over the world.  There is no place  that compares to Siesta Key.  


I have been a full time resident here, since 2016 and I believe incorporating Siesta Key will sustain the character of the island and our quality of life for our residents, businesses and visitors.


Timothy Hensey

I have lived on Siesta Key for 14 years and have been a resident of Sarasota for 51 years.  My entire career has been with a large national commercial construction firm where I run the Southern Florida Division.  


I believe keeping Siesta Key and its unique vibe is essential to the quality of life for all who come here.



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