Sarasota News Leader

08/23/2013

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SHELTER PLAN STALLS A visit by City Commissioner Paul Caragiulo to Pinellas Safe Harbor Shelter in Clearwater changed his idea of what the city 'should be doing in this community,' he says. Photo courtesy of Pinellas Safe Harbor Shelter CITY COMMISSIONER PAUL CARAGIULO PUSHES FOR A FUNDING COMMITMENT FOR A SHELTER, BUT FELLOW CITY COMMISSIONERS OPT TO HOLD OFF ON THE PROPOSAL By Roger Drouin County Editor City Commissioner Paul Caragiulo said now is the time to start planning for a public homeless shelter in the city of Sarasota — and setting aside funding to build it. Before the meeting, Caragiulo had met with Dr. Robert Marbut, a homeless expert hired by Sarasota County and the city. Marbut, who helped open Pinellas Safe Harbor Shelter in During the Monday, Aug. 19, City Commission Clearwater, has suggested the need for a shelmeeting, Caragiulo said the details — ranging ter near Sarasota's core that could help the from a site to the number of beds to who will chronically homeless in the city. operate the facility — After touring the Pican be worked out latnellas facility at the er, but he urged his felHomelessness is an emergency. urging of Marbut, low commissioners to We've avoided calling it that. Caragiulo said he was take action before the impressed by how the Diana Hamilton city and county finalDowntown Sarasota advocate shelter was operated, ize their budgets for and it "changed my the upcoming year.

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