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04/26/2013

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BAR MORATORIUM DIES Smokin' Joe's is among the bars on Main Street in downtown Sarasota. Photo by Norman Schimmel CITY COMMISSION PREPARES FOR 'EPIC' NOISE DISCUSSION IN MAY By Stan Zimmerman City Editor The Sarasota city commissioners on Tuesday, April 23, backed off a proposal to ban new bars downtown. The idea had represented another attempt to placate downtown property owners who complain about noise. bring it back Tuesday, April 23, during a budget workshop. The action marked the second major flip-flop the commission had made on the noise issue in six weeks. A motion to impose a moratorium actually After a special meeting also was called for passed on the afterApril 23, the moratonoon of April 15, when rium issue was moved the City Commission We do not need any more to the special meeting was in regular session. nightclubs. They bring only drunkenness, agenda. Fournier set However, at the urging the stage by outlining fights and drugs. of City Attorney Robthe legal steps necesert Fournier, it was resary to make any morBarbara Campo Resident scinded in the evening. atorium defensible in Downtown Sarasota Fournier promised to court. "Moratoria are

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