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Sarasota News Leader September 20, 2013 Page 58 to some very real threats," a pattern that has MacManus is scheduled to discuss the latest been observed nationally. findings with the County Commission during its regular meeting on Sept. 24, County AdminOverall, 48 percent of the respondents rated istrator Randall Reid told the board last week. the quality of life in the county as "excellent," compared to 55 percent in 2012. The propor- Her presentation is tentatively set as the first tion ranking it "good," though, increased from agenda item following the Open to the Public 36 percent last year to 43 percent in 2013, ac- portion of the afternoon session, which starts cording to the survey conducted under the ae- at 1:30 p.m., Leigh Sprimont, commission sergis of Susan A. MacManus at the Florida Insti- vices manager, told The Sarasota News Leadtute of Government, located at the University er. of South Florida in Tampa. Other topics cited in 2013 as the most imThis is the county's 22nd survey of citizens' portant ones facing the county are "Traffic/ views on a variety of topics. transportation" and "Population growth/new Two people whose work puts them at the center of many economic development discussions in the county are Virginia Haley, president of Visit Sarasota County, and Jeff Maultsby, director of business and economic development. Photo by Norman Schimmel

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