Sarasota News Leader

05/17/2013

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THE PARK, HOMELESS AND CRA Homeless people sit on the sidewalk outside the fenced-off Five Points Park on May 11. Photo by Norman Schimmel CITY MANAGER PRESENTS A DOWNTOWN UPDATE By Stan Zimmerman City Editor On Tuesday, May 14, Sarasota City Manager public hearing. If the DID wants to have input, Tom Barwin gave the Downtown Improve- better do it soon." ment District (DID) members a brief update on some of the downtown issues he is facing, Barwin also noted the annual jam in the City Auditor and Clerk's Ofand where they stand. fice when taxi licenses "The City Commission The most difficult issue — stating are renewed. "We're is reviewing special the obvious — appears to be the folks looking at a more reevents policies and having serious substance [abuse] and gional approach," he [is] focusing on events mental health issues. And it seems to go said. "And the counwith road closures on and on for years. ty is open to looking beyond two to three at the same issue, but days," he said. "Those Tom Barwin City Manager they'd like input from will need commission Sarasota approval following a all four cities."

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