Sarasota News Leader

05/17/2013

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No. 35 — May 17, 2013 CONTENTS MAJOR FUNDRAISING AHEAD BETTER ROADS AND BRIDGES Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article NEWS & COMMENTARY BETTER ROADS AND BRIDGES 7 The County Commission splits on votes to add more funding to road resurfacing and bridge repairs. — Rachel Brown Hackney FREEING UP FUNDS 15 The County Commission splits on a vote to modify its reserves policy. — Rachel Brown Hackney BEATING BACK 'DIRTY TRICKS' 20 Everything you need to know about non-partisan county elections — Cooper Levey-Baker THE PARK, HOMELESS AND CRA 25 City manager presents a downtown update — Stan Zimmerman MAJOR FUNDRAISING AHEAD 29 The private group established to manage events at Nathan Benderson Park soon will launch a drive to pay for equipment and infrastructure at the rowing venue — Rachel Brown Hackney TAKING A BREATHER 34 City Commission looking at 'agenda lite' for May 20 — Stan Zimmerman HANDLING THE FISH KILLS 38 A new Sarasota County policy will enable staff to obtain permission of private property owners to clear dead fish and seaweed under special circumstances — Rachel Brown Hackney IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED … 42 St. Armands BID wants a vote do-over on its special tax — Stan Zimmerman NEWS BRIEFS 45 CRIME BLOTTER 56 PHOTO CREDITS Front cover: Main Street - Robert Hackney Sarasota Leisure: Downtown Donut - Robert Hackney

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