Sarasota News Leader

05/31/2013

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A slow week following a holiday weekend? Not for us! As promised, we have quite a few stories from the County Commission's meetings last week that deserve an airing — including a thought-provoking proposal about how to handle the community's homeless issues. Additionally, the story of a split County Commission vote over a right of way on north Siesta Key is one you can find noteworthy regardless of where you live. Nonetheless, you need have no fear it is "all county, all the way through" the news section this week. City Editor Stan Zimmerman attended the special City Commission meeting about creating a "form-based code" for Sarasota. (If you do not know what that is, Stan does an excellent job of explaining it.) He also takes a look at city election data provided by one of our fellow media organizations, and he has an update on the Downtown Improvement District's months-long ordeal involving the color-changing lights in Five Points Park. Beyond the news pages, I highly recommend Stan's commentary on Memorial Day. It is a powerful essay. Thanks to Fran Palmeri, Otus and our own copy editor, Vicki Chatley, the Sarasota Leisure section once again offers plenty of variety — and more excellent wildlife photos. (How does Otus manage to handle a camera so well???) Fran has been generous with her lovely essays and photos since the old days of the Pelican Press. It is always a gift to see her name pop up in my inbox. And while Vicki is a superb copy editor, she is equally deft — not to mention delightful — with her writing, as you will see in her article about Savor Sarasota. Summer may be officially upon us, but the news never seems to slow down. Editor and Publisher

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