Sarasota News Leader

12/28/2012

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LOOKING BACK YEAR IN REVIEW: JANUARY Siesta Village business owners say the crosswalk between the Daiquiri Deck and Gilligan���s Island Bar and Grill is especially difficult to see at night. Photo by Norman Schimmel JAN. 3 During the first 2012 meeting of the Siesta Key Village Association ��� on Jan. 3 ��� Siesta Key Association Vice President Peter van Roekens says Sarasota County should install some sort of lighting to illuminate the crosswalks in Siesta Village. ���There���s old people like me driving at night,��� he said, ���[and] the lighting in the Village isn���t that bright.��� SKVA President Russell Matthes and van Roekens agree to explore the idea with county representatives. JAN. 6 During a special meeting of the Sarasota City Commission, John Jorgenson, president of The Sylint Group of Sarasota, reports that City Manager Robert Bartolotta has deleted more than 11,000 city emails, and Jorgenson has been unable to recover about 100 of them. Bartolotta and Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown both are under suspicion for allegedly reviewing emails that were part of an ongoing audit investigation ��� material to which they should not have had access. The City Commission votes unanimously to refer the findings to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI, at the request of City Attorney Robert Fournier. However, three of the commissioners ��� Mayor Suzanne Atwell, Vice Mayor Terry Turner and Commissioner Willie Shaw say they do not intend to fire or suspend Bartolotta or Brown.

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