Sarasota News Leader

01/18/2013

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AT RISK A report prepared by Architects Design Group Inc. shows the current Sarasota County Sheriff's Office facilities in the Justice Center on Ringling Boulevard in downtown Sarasota. Images courtesy Sheriff's Office BECAUSE OF INSUFFICIENT FACILITIES, THE SARASOTA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE'S VEHICLE INVENTORY, WORTH MORE THAN $7 MILLION, IS SAID TO BE VULNERABLE TO NATURAL DISASTERS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Because he has no covered area in which to keep them, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office vehicles — including its command post, bomb truck, fuel tanker and SWAT "Bearcat" — could be wiped out in a major hurricane, Sheriff Tom Knight told the Sarasota County Commission last week. That inventory has a value of approximately $7.3 million, Wendy Rose, the sheriff's community affairs manager, told The Sarasota News Leader. By unanimous vote on Jan. 8, the County Commission agreed to hold a workshop as soon as "We have virtually nowhere to store them," he possible with Knight and his command staff about his office's long-term facilities needs. added.

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