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10/04/2013

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Sarasota News Leader October 4, 2013 Page 52 the [new] tenants are," said Fineberg. "You are adding about 30 feet of landscaping that will interfere. It just doesn't work. It's not the way to present a retail space." seek City Commission approval for a change order. The earliest meeting when the item could appear on the agenda would be Oct. 22, he added. Instead, Fineberg wants no adornment. "Just put in concrete and we'll do whatever we want at our expense later," he told the DID board. "We know what is best for our building." "I don't want my building in that condition for that long," responded Fineberg. "There's barricades out there. How can we move forward immediately?" The problem was money. "The city's willing to work with Larry, but there is no money," said City of Sarasota Chief Planner Steve Stancel. "The contractor's contingency has already been spent." He noted the area in question belongs to the city, not Benderson Development. Stancel replied, "If Larry fronts the money, the commission could refund it at a later date." Fineberg was cool to that idea. "I don't trust the commission," he said. A motion was proposed for the DID to front the money, but it died for lack of a second. Vice Stancel estimated the change would cost Chairman William Pettey said, "No offense, about $8,500 and that it would be necessary to Larry, but I don't like being dictated to." The Ellis Building (center) stands tall in the background as the Sarasota Farmers Market bustles on a Saturday. Photo by Norman Schimmel

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