Sarasota News Leader

08/30/2013

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No. 50 — August 30, 2013 CONTENTS DRAWING ATTENTION 'NOT READY FOR BRT' Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article NEWS & COMMENTARY 'MAKE US FREE' 7 DRAWING ATTENTION 11 TAKING SHAPE 17 FOCUS ON FRUITVILLE 24 TAKEN TO THE WOODSHED 28 A DAY IN COURT 33 AN OPENING FOR A (CHANNEL) OPENING 36 RAMPING IT UP 45 'NOT READY FOR BRT' 49 Amid a condo discrimination dispute and arson investigation, LGBT rights advocates ask the County Commission for protection — Cooper Levey-Baker Love it or hate it, residents have started to weigh in on a project that would drastically change one of the most visible corners downtown — Roger Drouin With the final contracts tentatively set to be approved in late October, the County Commission votes on ranking 'extras' for the Siesta Beach project, funds permitting — Rachel Brown Hackney After three years of inaction on the Fruitville Initiative, County Commissioners say they want to see progress on the plan — Roger Drouin County commissioners lambast the county administrator for inadequate communication to them regarding an employee's resignation in July — Rachel Brown Hackney South county attorneys push for easier access to the justice system — Cooper Levey-Baker Sarasota residents have learned that a state rule change creates a new opportunity for the county to try to reopen Midnight Pass — Rachel Brown Hackney The County Commission tentatively agrees to fund the upgrades needed to make its BMX track a major competition venue — Rachel Brown Hackney The County Commission agrees to withdraw an application for federal support for a bus rapid transit system but asks staff to continue to look at other options — Rachel Brown Hackney PHOTO CREDITS Front cover: Children of all ages - Robert Hackney Sarasota Leisure: We all scream - Rachel Brown Hackney

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