Sarasota News Leader

09/06/2013

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WORKING ON A PLAN Robert Marbut takes a quick lunch break in downtown Sarasota. Photo by Roger Drouin DR. ROBERT MARBUT'S APPROACH IS REALLY A BALANCE BETWEEN TWO EXTREMES, AND HE STRESSES 'SMART LOVE' By Roger Drouin County Editor As he sits outside Pastry Art in downtown pastry or a protein bar, for lunch. Labor Day Sarasota, Dr. Robert Marbut nibbles an oat- was no different. meal raisin cookie and sips iced tea. This is "I've had more meetings in 10 days here than his lunch. I've had overall in almost any other communiDuring this second official visit to Sarasota, ty," said Marbut, who lives in San Antonio and the homeless-issues has worked on homeconsultant has been less issues for more "going all day," as the There are families living in cars than three decades. saying goes — headbehind malls, and no one knows what to As he formulates his ing out early each do. It's horrible. suggestions to help the morning and returnarea deal with issues ing to his hotel room Dr. Robert Marbut Consultant related to a growing just before 10 p.m. He Homelessness Issues homeless population, usually grabs somehe has met with nonthing quick, such as a

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