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07/19/2013

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Sarasota News Leader July 19, 2013 Page 50 son Community Farm and a member of the would have to relocate to a new home, Undergroup planning the Palmer Ranch initiative. hill said. Underhill and the two other vendors — Tim Brown, who co-owns Brown's Grove with his wife, Heidi, and Mary Arndt, owner of Blissful Essence Spa Co. — have already met with three county commissioners to introduce their concept. Underhill, Brown and Arndt are vendors at the Wednesday Phillippi Farmhouse Market at Phillippi Estate Park on South Tamiami Trail in Sarasota; Brown is a vendor at the downtown Sarasota market as well. The group has the OK from the Culverhouse family to lease land, with the understanding the property used for the market will likely be developed at some point. Then, the market The biggest challenge will be the county's zoning code, which allows farmers markets only on properties in unincorporated Sarasota County that are zoned Commercial General/ Siesta Key Overlay District (CG/SKOD) on Siesta Key or at a place of worship, with approval of a temporary use permit. "Based on the underlying zoning district for the subject property on Sawyer Loop, an amendment to the current code would be required in order to have a farmer's market at that location," Sarasota County Zoning Administrator Brad Bailey wrote to County Commissioner Christine Robinson in a July 17 email. The downtown Sarasota Farmers Market is located along Lemon Avenue and State Street. Photo by Norman Schimmel

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