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.
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.
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.
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
My first visit to Siesta Key was in 1984 with my family and close family friends. We came back annually for years. I bought my condo in Midnight Cove II in 2019, as a rental but couldn’t stay away. I moved to Sarasota in 2021. I represent the property taxpayers who don’t vote on the key.
My professional career spans over 20 years in working in state government and lobbying elected officials and government leaders. I believe the incorporation of Siesta Key is necessary to keep the charm of this beautiful island.
My wife Barbara and I have had homes on SK since 1995. We believe deeply in local government that represents all its citizens, not just the special interests. We urgently need a voice to help control the densification and overdevelopment of our island.
My career was in leadership positions in corporate America. I always believed strongly in the mission of the organizations I joined. Save Siesta Key says it all.