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SCC PREVIEW Boats moored at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron create a white-dot vista for motorists driving over the Ringling Bridge. Photo by Norman Schimmel A SAILING SQUADRON REQUEST, EXPANSION OF THE BAYFRONT MOORING FIELD AND MORE DISCUSSION OF A HOMELESS SHELTER ARE ON THE AGENDA FOR SEPT. 16 By Stan Zimmerman City Editor Monday, Sept. 16, will be a watery one for the Sarasota city commissioners. Three major water-related items are on their agenda. Two concern volunteer efforts, and one marks progress in a decade-long journey to create a managed mooring field downtown. Members are proud they have never asked the city for a dime in the past 65 years to maintain and improve their facility, considered among the finest volunteer sailing clubs in the world. This stands in contrast with the $20 million in county funds used to create a rowing facility from a gravel pit near the interstate, members A Sarasota Sailing Squadron issue — on the point out. consent agenda — is a request for approval of The second group of nautical volunteers to apa lease modification allowing the Squadron to pear will brief the commission on the financial spend $250,828 to upgrade three docks. The results of the 2013 Suncoast Super Boat Grand organization rents its site in Ken Thompson Prix Festival. Lucy Nicandri, festival director, Park from the city, and it is responsible for all will report the effort raised almost $71,000 for children's charities. upgrades.

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