Sarasota News Leader

06/28/2013

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Sometimes on Thursdays, when I start to compose this letter, the first thing that pops into my mind is the theme from Love Story: "Where do I begin …" I know where I have to end up this week, because Cleve Posey, our production manager, has chastised me again about being too verbose for the space allotted. With that being said, I will focus on the acronym I learned about early in journalism school: KISS. And though that may seem complementary to the Love Story note above, it has nothing whatsoever to do with romance. It means Keep It Simple, Stupid. Diversity is the real theme again of this week's issue: horrific allegations about what is really going on at Save Our Seabirds; the significant reduction in county crime Sheriff Tom Knight and his officers have achieved; the temporary closing of Warm Mineral Springs; a new crime-fighting initiative under way in the city; a bit of controversy over the fast-moving effort to put a replica of the iconic U.S. Marine Corps/Iwo Jima sculpture on the bayfront; more controversy over a medical spa proposed on the North Tamiami Trail; the latest tourism figures and a proposed new program to keep them rising; the success nonprofits realized in the last legislative session, thanks to efforts of the Community Alliance of Sarasota County; budget talks; trash in Siesta Village; and Nik Wallenda. If you read this issue thoroughly, I think you will know all the most important things you need to know about what has happened in the community over the past week. Editor and Publisher

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