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HIGHER AND HIGHER Construction is under way on an Orange Avenue house in late July. Photo by Rachel Hackney TOURISM FIGURES, THE NUMBER OF PERMITS ISSUED FOR HOME CONSTRUCTION AND HOUSING SALES COMBINE FOR A BRIGHT COUNTY FINANCIAL REPORT By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor A line snakes outside Yoder's Amish restau- latest records available and a 4.9 percent inrant on the last Saturday morning in July. crease compared to the same period for the 2012 fiscal year. Families of six and eight gather around tables on a Sunday night at Patrick's in downtown Siesta Key continues to lead the way, with its Sarasota. businesses having collected $3,444,095.42 in TDT tax revenue through May, accounting for Visitors in bright pink "scootercars" from 31.31 percent of the total. Siesta Sports Rentals join the string of traffic on Siesta Key's Midnight Pass Road. The city of Sarasota is in second place, with 29.5 percent of the revenue. The signs of a strong summer season in Sarasota County have been verified by the latest June was also an excellent month for anyone Tourist Development Tax (TDT) figures from in the community who runs a tourism-relatthe county Tax Collector's Office: The county ed business, Virginia Haley, president of Vishas pulled in $10,999,671 through May — the it Sarasota County, told The Sarasota News

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