Sarasota News Leader

03/29/2013

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AGENDA PREVIEW A proposal coming before the City Commission calls for blue lights to illuminate the Ringling Bridge at night. Photo by Norman Schimmel UNCOMMON QUESTIONS FOR THE CITY COMMISSIONERS By Stan Zimmerman City Editor The Sarasota City Commissioners confront an April Fool's Day agenda with something blue, something hopeful and something far-reaching. On Monday, the Sarasota city commissioners will be asked to tinker with that jewel at the request of Katherine Klauber Moulton. She first proposed swapping out the white lights under the bridge for blue ones in the month The "blue" is a done deal of city volunteerism; of April to bring attention to Child Abuse Prethe "hopeful" is bedeviled by details and the vention Month. Blue is the symbolic color for "far-reaching" is a stab in the dark. This is not the effort, similar to pink for breast cancer your average City Commission agenda. awareness. SOMETHING BLUE A Sarasota delight is the Ringling Bridge by night: Arches leaping across the water, subtly lit. Drivers never see it, but for boaters and bayside residents it remains a jewel on the bay. Moulton's plan has gone beyond a swap to a permanent change. She has enlisted volunteers from the local LED lighting firm Evolucia and the local lighting contractor Roadrunner to fit 72 new and blue lights as permanent replacements on the bridge.

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