Sarasota News Leader

04/12/2013

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MORE ACCOUNTING QUESTIONS Garbage receptacles are generally available at the ends of the pathways from Siesta Public Beach to the beach access parking lots. Photo courtesy Peter van Roekens THE COUNTY COMMISSION PUTS OFF A DECISION ON CONTINUING EXTRA BEACH MAINTENANCE FUNDING WHILE STAFF UNTANGLES THE FIGURES By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor The Tourist Development Council may have given its approval with no pause, but the Sarasota County Commission this week backed away from continuing an extra influx of funds for beach maintenance for two more years until staff can provide extra details about "chargebacks" for county departments. funding, which has been allocated since the 2010 fiscal year. That change would eliminate future public hearings on the allocation. However, as Commissioner Christine Robinson put it, "I'm looking forward to some of that information that Commissioner [Nora] Patterson requested" before renewing approval of the funding stream itself. The commissioners did vote unanimously to proceed with holdIt seems like it's grown about a ing an April 24 public million dollars in the last four or five years. hearing on a change in the county ordinance Nora Patterson Commissioner to allow biennial reSarasota County view of the continued As she had during the Jan. 17 Tourist Development Council (TDC) meeting, Doreen Buonpastore of

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