Sarasota News Leader

08/23/2013

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Just as I predicted before we went on vacation last week, we found no dearth of news to report when we returned to work. The County Commission budget workshop alone on Tuesday served up so much fodder I could not manage to write all the stories for this issue. County Editor Roger Drouin has a temporary change of hats, so to speak, as of this week. Stan Zimmerman is on a much-deserved sabbatical, but Roger is an old pro when it comes to city business — thankfully! He had a busy start with the City Commission meeting on Monday. Associate Editor Cooper Levey-Baker wore a number of different hats this week — from reporting on the latest in the effort to modify the county's 2050 Plan to making us aware of upcoming events designed to promote equal rights for all people. Beyond news, our Sarasota Leisure section is bubbling over with features in this issue. Staff Photographer Norman Schimmel visited Benderson Park last week, as preparations were under way for the USRowing Masters National Championships. Norm really showcases the beauty of that venue. We also are delighted to present another splendid set of nature photos from contributor Fran Palmeri and one of her equally captivating essays. Our Opinion section also is brimming with contributions this week, thanks to three diverse commentaries and a couple of letters to the editor. I should take this opportunity to plug the talents of John Riley, too. It is easy to see why he has won so many awards from the Florida Press Association. The break last week was good, but we are happy to be back. Editor and Publisher

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