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Sarasota News Leader June 14, 2013 14 budget workshop: "I try to find projects that have an economic impact and some kind of return on investment … to the county." He noted that Tourist Development Tax revenue had increased substantially over the past several years, and much of that was related to the county's investment in facilities. He suggested proceeding with renovations at the BMX facility on 17th Street. According to material presented to the board for the May 14 meeting, that project includes a new 5-meter ramp and the addition of an 8-meter ramp, as well as reconfiguration of the track. The description notes, "The 8 meter ramp, only the second such permanent struc- Commissioner Nora Patterson. File photo A BMX bike rider competes in an event in Sarasota County. Image courtesy Sarasota County Page 28

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