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02/22/2013

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Siesta Seen CODE ENFORCEMENT SEMINAR PLANNED; INFORMATION ABOUT THE COUNTY���S NOISE ORDINANCE TO BE PROVIDED DURING THE MARCH SKA MEETING By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor At the request of Siesta Key Village Association (SKVA) members, Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson ��� who lives on the island ��� has been working with county staff to arrange a seminar on what Code Enforcement allows and does not allow in the Village���s overlay district. Since the overlay district was implemented about 14 years ago, she added, many new businesses had opened in the Village, and owners and managers are unaware of Code Enforcement rules. Assistant County Administrator Mark Cunningham wrote County Commissioner Nora Patterson in a Feb. 14 email that after that session, ���we will organize a team of appropriate staff who will attend the [seminar].��� He also planned to attend, he added. ���In conjunction, we really need more staff in Code Enforcement,��� Peter van Roekens, vice president of the Siesta Key Association, added. For example, Kouvatsos said, dumpsters sit uncovered and business is illegally conducted Staff was scheduled to meet with the SKVA off-premises. Board of Directors during its meeting on Feb. A guest at the meeting, Patterson responded 19 to ascertain some of the key topics for the that she felt sure she could arrange for such seminar, according to county email. a seminar. ���I think it���s important that we let people know what is and isn���t allowed,��� Kouvatsos respondThe idea of the educational session was raised ed, before businesses are visited by Code Enduring the SKVA���s regular meeting on Feb. 5. forcement officers who will write them citations. Kay Kouvatsos, co-owner of Village Caf��, pointed out, ���Forget noise. There are dozens Still, Patterson noted, ���There is a Code Enof violations going on��� in the Village. forcement issue ��� Peter���s got a point.���

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