Sarasota News Leader

05/17/2013

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Another week, another Sarasota County Commission meeting. If it seems to you that board meets a lot, do not feel alone in your observation. Even a more recently elected county commissioner remarked on that fact when the board was updating its session schedule a few weeks ago. A longer-serving member retorted that the current schedule is nothing compared to what it was at the height of the building boom, when commissioners were dealing with far more requests. And if you also wonder why I would bother to mention any of that, it is because right now, the News Leader is the only publication in north Sarasota County that is reporting regularly on what transpires at those County Commission meetings. Given our stated goal at the outset — to provide you as much in-depth news as possible about what is going on in this community — it remains a point of pride that we are doing our best to stay on top of what the County Commission is doing. You need not fret that this week's issue is all County Commission news, however. Cooper Levey-Baker and Stan Zimmerman both have been busy, with Cooper delving not only into the work of the new political action committee seeking non-partisan countywide elections but also a look at the Harvey Milk Festival. Stan made it to both meetings of the city's "alphabet" boards this week — the BID and the DID — and has plenty to report from them, along with previewing Monday's City Commission meeting. Otus offers us the real story about Cattle Egrets — and excellent photos, of course. And there is no dearth of news from Siesta Key. As always, please do not hesitate to tell us what you think about what you read! Editor and Publisher

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