Sarasota News Leader

07/04/2013

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THE FIGHT GOES ON Former volunteer Greg Para discusses the Save Our Seabirds situation at Saturday's rally. Photo by Cooper Levey-Baker. THE CITY COMMISSION WANTS A DEEPER PROBE OF SAVE OUR SEABIRDS By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor After listening to wildly conflicting claims about the quality of care offered to injured birds at Save Our Seabirds, the Sarasota City Commission voted unanimously Monday, July 1, to deepen its probe of the City Island nonprofit. sary. Para alleges that the standard of care at SOS has taken a nose-dive since the firing of founder Lee Fox this spring, and that the organization is violating the terms of its lease with the city. For weeks, former volunteer Greg Para has After hearing Para's allegations, the City Combeen leveling serious mission requested a charges against SOS, status report on the describing a facility operation, which was I can say that I'm very un delivered Monday by where rats are killing comfortable with what I've heard so far. caged birds and where city Purchasing Maninjured birds are beager Mary Tucker. On Paul Caragiulo Commissioner ing euthanized more June 20, she and anCity of Sarasota quickly than necesother staff member

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