Sarasota News Leader

10/18/2013

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FINEBERG TO DID: ADIEU The Ellis building looms in the background as drivers head east on Main Street at Lemon Avenue. Photo by Norman Schimmel MEMBERS OF THE DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT ARE WORKING TO HOLD ONTO A BUILDING THAT REPRESENTS ONE OF THEIR LARGEST SOURCES OF REVENUE By Stan Zimmerman City Editor The owners of one of the largest buildings — for Benderson, sent an email on Oct. 14 to and hence one of the biggest sources of tax DID Operations Manager John Moran. "As revenue — in the Downtown Improvement the past five years have shown, the needs of District (DID) want out. the area east of Orange are different than the The high-rise building on the northeast cor- areas west of Orange, and the DID should recner of Main Street ognize that it's not fair and Orange Avenue that we are included (formerly the main This is a unique situation. To my solely as a funding Sarasota home of knowledge, no property owner within a Bank of America) is special district of the city has ever source. If the DID will not initiate the request owned by Benderson requested removal from the district. Development Co. for the creation of the Mike Connolly ordinance [to remove Deputy City Attorney Larry Fineberg, who the building from the manages the building

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