Sarasota News Leader

01/25/2013

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All someone had to do this week to get a sense of the disparate topics of interest in the community was to attend the City Commission meeting. And that was just a taste of all the goings-on! At the same time aerialist Nik Wallenda was seeking City Commission and Florida Department of Transportation approval for a new "skywalk," Sarasota County officials were fretting over a lack of bids for a major stormwater project on Siesta Key — then worrying why a bid period extension netted prices about three times higher than staff had anticipated. Stan Zimmerman not only made it to the City Commission meeting, of course; he also learned of the latest delay — thanks to the Planning Board — in the effort to create a North Trail Overlay District. As you will see, he spent a bit of time with the Downtown Improvement District folks on Tuesday, too. Cooper Levey-Baker tells us all about the ribbon cutting he attended for the new King Stone Townhomes in north Sarasota. Then he donned his county reporter's cap for an update on RESTORE Act funds. Scott Proffitt, like Stan, also had a long day on Tuesday, with School Board discussions ranging from security to fundraising for the original Sarasota High School's transformation into the Sarasota Museum of Art. On the lighter side, we also have managed to serve up a lot of diversity this week — from Fran Palmeri's gorgeous photos of clouds and skies, with her usual poetic accompaniment, to a panel discussion on the arts and Sarasota, to Otus' most in-depth installment yet on the birds' half of the "birds and the bees." So much is going on in this issue, we truly encourage you to take your time in perusing it — and enjoying it. Editor and Publisher

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