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09/27/2013

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AN AIRING OF FRUSTRATIONS Jim Shirley, executive director of the Arts and Cultural Alliance, answers questions during the Sept. 24 County Commission meeting. Photo by Norman Schimmel COUNTY COMMISSIONER CHRISTINE ROBINSON RENEWS HER EFFORTS TO HELP SOUTH COUNTY ORGANIZATIONS WIN ARTS AND CULTURAL GRANTS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Sarasota County Commissioner Christine Robinson failed this week in an effort to require the county's Arts and Cultural Alliance staff to make at least 12 visits a year to South County to assist organizations trying to win some of the arts and cultural grants the county distributes annually. that future discussions of the arts and cultural grants, including the Alliance's annual contract, be scheduled as regular agenda items, not as part of a consent agenda. Only Chairwoman Carolyn Mason joined Robinson in supporting the 12 visits to South County. However, she did gain Frankly, I think this is a sad her fellow commisconversation. I thought the Civil War sioners' support on ended in 1865. … The process has to be two other votes: infair. creasing funding for one type of arts grant Charles Hines Vice Chairman program and direction Sarasota County Commission to administrative staff Vice Chairman Charles Hines and Commissioner Nora Patterson voted with Commissioner Joe Barbetta in approving an amended motion that did include a requirement

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