Sarasota News Leader

05/31/2013

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LOVELY LOUSY LIGHTS The lights were mostly working in part of the oaks in Five Points Park in late April. Photo by Norman Schimmel THE DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT CHOOSES TO SEEK BIDS FOR THE BEST WAY TO GET THE LIGHT SHOW WORKING PROPERLY AGAIN IN FIVE POINTS PARK By Stan Zimmerman City Editor One by one, they have gone dark. Vandalism and theft are among the reasons, but the true blame rests on the growing trees at Five Points Park. Improvement District (DID) chipped in another $25,000. For a while the ever-changing lights were lovely, but as the tree limbs grew, the wires snapped. Squirrels found the wires handy to gnaw on as well. In early January 2011, variable-color lights were installed in 28 trees in the park at a We have a legal obligation to do cost of $81,000. The S e l b y F o u n d a t i o n this, so let's get the bids. chipped in $31,000, Dr. Mark Kauffman Board Member the city added $25,000 Downtown Improvement District and the Downtown With the warranty running out in nine months and the repair bills skyrocketing, the DID governing board Tu e s d a y, M a y 2 8 , struggled to find a way

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