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A BIG BOOST A map shows the boundaries of the downtown CRA district in Sarasota. Image courtesy City of Sarasota MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE WEIGHING THE FUTURE OF THE COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY IN DOWNTOWN SARASOTA SAY IT SHOULD GO ON BEYOND 2016 By Stan Zimmerman City Editor Barring some great upset, there will be a fu- "I think I heard everybody say they are in fature for Sarasota's Downtown Community vor of extending the CRA," said Chairman Redevelopment Agency (CRA). At least mem- David Merrill. None of the seven members bers of the committee attending dissented. charged with giving The nine-member their opinion think so. My fear is if we don't put a tool in group got off to a slow place that will give us a clear vision of On Tuesday, Sept. 10, start with work this where we're going and provide a means, the CRA Extension downtown will become an area you pass week, as only three Study Committee when you go from Lakewood Ranch to members were preswas of the unanimous ent at 5:30 p.m. Merrill Siesta Key. opinion that the life decided to move forof the taxing district Ernie DuBose ward in the guise of a Member should be extended discussion group, not CRA Extension Study Committee beyond 2016. requiring a quorum. As

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