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Sarasota News Leader September 13, 2013 OPINION Even if citations are issued, they must be adjudicated in court. If a business were looking at complete ruin upon conviction, assuming that would result in the loss of the establishment's liquor license, the owner would hire capable attorneys to present a defense in court. Moreover, judges would be more reluctant to summarily convict a business owner if they knew a single offense would result in the closure of the establishment. And that says nothing of costly appeals if the businesses are convicted. Page 93 handle on the problem. Then the city could consider extending hours once the cooperation of all establishments had been secured. There is no reason for downtown to become a deserted landscape bereft of those wishing to enjoy some late-night revelry. There also is no reason for downtown residents to endure such revelry into the wee hours of the morning. A compromise is needed, but that will not happen until the offending bar owners are brought into compliance. No, we think it will be much simpler to curtail the hours when alcohol is served downtown. Their inconsiderate actions hurt everyone, Making 11 p.m. the cutoff might be somewhat residents and entertainment establishments arbitrary, but it might be necessary to get a alike. They must be reined in. % WRITER QUESTIONS CRITICISM OF RESTAURANT DESIGN To the editor: I'm amazed that someone who lives in a tower fashioned from a blob of concrete that looms over Sarasota like a dark, threatening cloud would complain about the proposed Kress Plaza design (Taking shape, Aug. 30). Charles Clifton Sarasota LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The Sarasota News Leader welcomes letters to the editor from its readers. Letters should be no more than 300 words in length, and include the name, street address and telephone number of the writer. Letters should be emailed to L e t t e r s @ S a r a s o t a N e w s L e a d e r. c o m , w i t h "Letter to the Editor" in the subject line. Letters actually printed will be selected based on space available, subject matter and other factors. We reserve the right to edit any letters submitted for length, grammar, spelling, etc. All letters submitted become the property of The Sarasota News Leader. Someone you know needs Planned Parenthood • Lifesaving cancer screenings • Parent & teen education • Annual GYN exams • Birth control Planned Parenthood Of Southwest And Central Florida • Sarasota 941-953-4060 •

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