Sarasota News Leader

01/18/2013

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A MIXED BAG Aerialist Nik Wallenda is proposing another bayfront 'sky walk' the last week of January. In 2010, he walked a wire from One Watergate to the Ritz-Carlton. Photo by Norman Schimmel A DOLPHIN TOWER UPDATE AND NIK WALLENDA'S LATEST REQUEST FOR A HIGH-WIRE WALK DOWNTOWN WILL BE ON THE JAN. 22 CITY COMMISSION AGENDA By Stan Zimmerman City Editor The Sarasota city commissioners will face a routine agenda on Tuesday, Jan. 22. No wild public hearings or incendiary reports are expected. However, in the evening they will listen, with expected interest, to a report on Dolphin Tower. Hard questions could be raised Tuesday about the fate of the building. Its location is among the most prime in the city, facing across U.S. 41 to Sarasota Bay on the west. It also has an entrance directly on Palm Avenue in downtown Sarasota. Nearly two years ago, the bayfront condominium complex was evacuated when serious structural problems were discovered. The residents scattered, finding housing where they could, while the condo association battled with its insurance company. Speculators have been buying up units in the building with the expectation of reaping rewards later. But the cost to repair the building — to be shared equally by unit owners, minus any insurance settlement — might prove "a rung too high."

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