Sarasota News Leader

04/05/2013

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MISSING A PART Business owners along the North Tamiami Trail have advocated for new development options to bolster the area. Photo by Norman Schimmel CITY COMMISSION APPROVES THE NORTH TRAIL OVERLAY DISTRICT By Stan Zimmerman City Editor In a vote sure to enrage pro-development forces in the on-going Sarasota elections, the city commissioners voted 3-2 to emasculate the North Trail Overlay District (NTOD) on Monday, April 1. athon propelled by interests along the North Tamiami Trail from the city limits south to 10th Street that tired of the neglect and crime along the corridor. Similar plans to improve the city's "gateway" have foundered for more than two decades. The overall NTOD plan was approved by the same 3-2 margin, but without the administra- North Trail property owner and business optive site plan approval considered key to en- erator Jay Patel urged commission approval couraging developers' interest. In the words of the whole package. "Please pass this as it's presented. It's just a of Deputy City Managtool. The economics er Marlon Brown, "It are right, right now," doesn't have a carrot It doesn't have a carrot anymore. Patel said. "Adminisanymore." trative site plan review Marlon Brown Deputy City Manager The vote capped a is a very important Sarasota three-year policy maraspect."

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